Orthopedists Launch Campaign to Reduce Accidents Involving Bicycles

The Brazilian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology (Sbot) has launched the Safe Bike campaign, which will take place throughout the country in the months of November and December. The objective is to reduce accidents involving bicycles, especially in large cities, and to make people aware of the importance of valuing life with a more humane transit.

The Sbot campaign will have the distribution of leaflets at traffic lights and places of great circulation of people in the main cities Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Agência Brasil

The Safe Bike action will involve the distribution of educational leaflets at traffic lights and places of great circulation of people in the main cities. The content of the whole campaign highlights the importance of safety items such as helmets, elbow pads and knee pads, and that the rider must respect the laws and regulations, such as signaling when changing direction, not walking against and never using The sidewalks.

“The cyclist must be aware, walk protected, respect the rules and avoid walking on the sidewalks.” The cyclist may be the victim or cause of an accident involving a pedestrian. To have the same rights and duties of pedestrians, “says the president of Sbot, Marco Antônio Percope.

Data from the Traffic Engineering Company of São Paulo revealed that the number of cyclists killed in traffic has remained stable in the last five years. “There are no national statistics, but Sbot estimates that in the country this number should be around 500 annual deaths,” says national campaign coordinator Wagner Nogueira da Silva.

Silva says that who survives the accident often happens to live with sequels. “Many [sequels] hinder return to work and also the execution of basic day-to-day tasks.”

The informative material also emphasizes that the cyclist should always drive carefully, paying attention to the larger vehicles. “Always signal the movements, do not walk in the corridor for buses, opt for less busy streets and cycling routes, as determined by the Brazilian Traffic Code,” Silva warned.

SBOT Secretary-General André Pedrinelli adds that the cyclist must see and be seen, wear clear and flashy clothing or reflective vests, wear headlights and side reflectors or other accessories. “The bicycle is a vehicle and as such should behave.”

Cyclist’s Manual

Thinking of the safety of the cyclist, on September 22, the Ministry of Cities launched the Cyclist Booklet, which gathers information on legislation, signage, the different roads that make up the cycling network of the city and rules of circulation and safety.