Sunday, April 20, 2008

Is cycling safe?

Is cycling dangerous? Only if you have an accident... everything you do has a risk. I had a spectacular crash a couple of months ago that left me with the most horrific bruise you've ever seen. But, lucky for me it was just a bruise.

Statistically cycling is safer than walking. Close to ten times safer actually as you have a 1 in 600 chance of being killed as a pedestrian and as a cyclist it's close to 1 in 5000. Dying driving/riding in a car accident is even riskier, 1 in 84.

Ironically you have a much higher risk of dying doing nothing than doing something. 1 in 5 of us will die of heart disease, or a stroke, 1 in 24. People who cycle regularly live up to 10 years longer than people who have a sedentary lifestyle.

Of course the chances of dying from "anything" is 1 in 1, 100%... so you may as well get out and enjoy yourself.

Source USA National Safety Council

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