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Image Conscious David Beckham vs The Bicycle Helmet

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips on Sunday, December 20, 2009.

Many say David Beckham, the England footballer who now resides in California, has set a dangerous example to youngsters who may now copy him. While his children wore safety gear while riding, Becks simply wore a grey wool hat and sunglasses.

To many this might not seem like a big deal, but a recent study shows 10 to 15 year old age group counted for 17% of those killed or seriously injured in cycling incidents between 2005-2007, almost twice as many as any other age group. What do you think? Read more about David Beckham and the Bicycle Helmet.

Is it Safer in a Bike Lane?

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips on Tuesday, November 03, 2009.

Have you heard this?

You’re safer without any bike lanes, separated lanes, cycle tracks, bike boulevards, off-road paths. Just take the lane, follow the rules, wear your helmet, and you’ll be fine.

A group of scholars at the University of British Columbia conducted a literature review, looking at all available studies linking bicycle safety with infrastructure. Their conclusions will be counterintuitive for some. “Results to date suggest that sidewalks and multi-use trails pose the highest risk, major roads are more hazardous than minor roads, and the presence of bicycle facilities (e.g. on-road bike routes, on-road marked bike lanes, and off-road bike paths) was associated with the lowest risk.”​

Read the rest of the article on BikePortland.org.

Physician Accused of Deliberately Injuring Two Bicyclists is Convicted

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling News on Tuesday, November 03, 2009.

​A Beverly Hill’s emergency room doctor was convicted of of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges in the crash that injured two cyclists. The three-week trial in the Superior Court’s airport branch was watched closely by bicycle riders around the country, many of whom viewed the case as a test of the justice system’s commitment to protecting cyclists.

The crash also highlighted simmering tensions between cyclists and motorists on Mandeville Canyon Road, the winding five-mile residential street where the crash took place.

Prosecutors alleged that Thompson stopped his car after passing the two cyclists and shouting at them to ride single file. The cyclists testified that they began maneuvering to ride one after the other when they noticed Thompson’s car approaching fast behind them but that the driver passed dangerously close before abruptly stopping. A police officer testified that Thompson told him soon after the accident that the cyclists had cursed at him and flipped him off, so he slammed on his brakes “to teach them a lesson.”