Bartender Matt Carucci told NPR in 2012 that he rarely feels safe biking in the city but often rides without a helmet anyway. "There are a lot of other ways to hurt yourself," he said. John Rose/NPR hide caption itoggle caption John Rose/NPR Shots - Health News Biking To Work: Healthful Until You Hit A Pothole May 17, 2013 Biking to work is a great way to get exercise, save money and reduce pollution from cars. But does the risk of accidents cancel out all the good? Experience in Europe says no, but the U.S. lacks that tradition of urban bike travel.