Comment 38566

By bike lanes (anonymous) | Posted March 03, 2010 at 13:35:02

If you don't like those references, see the following:

From the article:

"Other figures compiled by the organisation show that in Denmark, top of the continental league for cycling, the average person rides over 10 times further than his British peer every year but runs only 20% of the risk of being killed."

Now, you might object that the study was commissioned by a cycling advocacy group, but that is not enough to simply dissmiss the results, which compare cycling accident rates of different countries (and parts of the UK). Now, you need to explain why you don't believe these results.

And if you want more evidence:

"However, death and injury rates in several European countries are substantially lower. Cyclists in North America are twice as likely to be killed and eight times more likely to be seriously injured than cyclists in Germany and three times as likely to be killed and 30 times as likely to suffer serious injuries than cyclists in the Netherlands."

Read more:

"But researchers say there's also evidence of strength in numbers: more people riding bikes creates greater awareness by cyclists and car drivers which translates into lower accident rates."

Finally, if you still don't accept this evidence, look at this study from the Am J Public Health. 2003 September; 93(9): 1509–151, which is a peer-reviewed scientific journal. This is about as reliable as it gets:

"The good news presented in this article is that it is indeed possible to achieve safe and convenient walking and cycling conditions, as demonstrated by the experience of Germany and The Netherlands. Those 2 countries have implemented a wide range of policies over the past 2 decades that have simultaneously encouraged walking and cycling while dramatically lowering pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and injuries and keeping auto use at only half the American level."

All these sources are saying the same thing: increasing cycling rates decreases cycling injuries. QED

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