Perhaps the most prevalent type of cycling crash my clients have suffered is the “Right Hook”. This is where the cyclist is riding straight ahead and a motor vehicle, on the cyclist’s left, suddenly turns right – directly into the path of the cyclist. A collision occurs when the cyclists can stopped fast enough, and the cyclist is usually injured.
Over six years, two Swedish student inventors have created an airbag to protect bicyclists from head injuries. Cyclists often told the inventors they chose not to wear conventional bicycle helmets because they were ugly and bulky and created “helmet hair”. The new air bag device normally looks similar to a scarf. It even has a “black box” that will detect certain data about the last 10 seconds prior to impact in a crash.
“Cycling’s Risks and a Few Solutions” author Charles Pelkey argues that cycling is significantly more dangerous per mile than driving one’s car in the U.S. In other cycling-friendly countries, although the number of cycling miles is much greater, the risk of death is far smaller than in the U.S. Interesting article…
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.
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.”