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While mopeds are popular in Iowa City, helmets aren't

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Mopeds are popular form of transportation in Iowa City.

"It's a lot faster to get to classes," said Jackie Mills, a student.  "I don't have to worry about buses or anything like that."

"Easier parking and it's a lot more gas efficient, also," said Jacob Hillyer, a student. 

Yet you often hear of crashes.

One Hawkeye football player hurt this week. Drew Ott was hit by a car and taken to the hospital but is expected to play on Saturday.

In 2010 police got video of  Hawkeye  player Josh Koeppel getting hit by a pick-up.

At MopedU in Iowa City, employees have an orientation for customers and help with a permit course for teens.

"The number one thing you can do to help yourself in the even of an accident is wear a helmet," said Bryan Ilg, MopedU Owner. "Your head is not as hard as the concrete."

In Iowa, there's no law requiring riders to wear helmets.

At MopedU, owners say they've actually given out free helmets in the past and often do promotions where you get a free helmet if you buy a moped, just to get people to wear them.

Still, a lot of people don't wear helmets, including Hawkeye athletes.

"I usually have a short distance from school to home so I don't see the need as much," said Hillyer, who is on the football team.

Others say they don't get on a scooter without one.

"I know a lot of people that have been in motorcycle and moped accidents and that frightens me so I wear it," said Mills.

There's also no university rule requiring students to wear helmets. Some teams require their athletes to wear them but the football team is not one of those.

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