Date
28 June 2017
A bicycle tunnel in Sha Tin's Ma Liu Shui. Cyclists in Hong Kong are not required by law to wear a helmet. Photos: YouTube, HKEJ
A bicycle tunnel in Sha Tin's Ma Liu Shui. Cyclists in Hong Kong are not required by law to wear a helmet. Photos: YouTube, HKEJ

Woman in critical condition after bike collision in Ma Liu Shui

A 32-year-old woman was in critical condition after her bicycle collided head on with another bicycle in Ma Liu Shui in Sha Tin on Sunday morning.

The woman, surnamed Yip, remained unconscious after sustaining a head injury from the accident and was taken to the intensive care unit of Prince of Wales Hospital, Ming Pao Daily reports.

Yip was cycling with her husband on Sunday morning and entered a bicycle tunnel along Sui Cheung Street. She lost control of her bike near Science Park Road and collided head on with another bicycle coming from the opposite direction. 

Yip was not wearing a helmet and landed on her head, while the other cyclist, a 27-year-old man, sustained a shoulder injury. The man’s injury was much lighter as he was wearing protective headgear.

According to Headline Daily, Yip lost control of her bike after she took her hand off the handle as she tried to prevent her cap from being blown away by the wind.

She ran right into the male cyclist on the opposite lane, and the two were thrown to the ground by the huge impact.

The male cyclist, also surnamed Yip, is said to be a member of a cycling team. He said his HK$30,000 bike was badly damaged.

Last year, 14 people died and at least 2,159 people were injured in bicycle-related accidents.

While the number of injuries was down by 17 percent from 2015, the number of fatalities increased by four.

In Hong Kong, cyclists are not required by law to wear a helmet, which is why many do not do so.

Many are only renting bikes, instead of having their own equipment, making it less likely for them to bring their own helmets.

Leung Hung-tak, chairman of the Cycling Association of Hong Kong, said the general public are unlikely to buy their own helmets when they do not own the bicycles they are using.

Leung said bike rental shops should also consider renting out helmets, noting that people would be willing to pay a bit more to better protect themselves.

He also advised cyclists to reduce their speed while descending by using both the front and rear brakes at the same time.

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