Still searching for freedom and the pursuit of happiness? Look no further then your next bike ride! If you have ever had a chat with a city cycler or frequent biker, you’d notice how happy they are. Turns out that their bon-humor is actually grounded in science.
Cycling can improve multiple areas of your life including:
Break the Cycle: A Look Into the Safety of Cycling
As roads are getting more populated with full time cyclists, there is a growing concern for the safety of self-powered commuters. With a large amount of reported accidents, the dangers of cycling have become a relevant discussion topic. Not to worry! Did you know that further studies have shown that cycling is safer then driving?
2 Wheels vs. 4
Aside from its health benefits, cycling can offer a safer mode of transportation for short distance travellers. As the average trips of cyclists are much shorter then those of drivers, bikers are less exposed to external risks on the road. Stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that bikers’ “risk per hour” is equivalent with the risks drivers face. With safety in mind, cycling can provide a well-rounded travel experience that is also eco-friendly!
With growing numbers of city cyclists, roads are becoming much safer. In the United States alone, cycling fatalities have decreased from 853 deaths in 1990 to 677 deaths in 2011. Since 1990, cities are recognizing the 43% increase in cycling commuters by accommodating them with bike lanes, signage, infrastructure, and driver awareness. Brisk Synergies has even developed an app that can help inform Toronto city planners track cyclists’ movements in order to build a safe network for all commuters.
Stop the Rumors!
With bicycle accidents getting a lot of exposure in the news, many view cycling as one of the most dangerous ways to get around. Published errors in police reports and published documents, found by UCL in a cycling safety study, have further implicated a false perception of cycling danger. With only 2% of U.S motor vehicle fatalities linked to bike accidents, cycling is much safer then you think it is!
photo credit: LifeCycle
There is no better way to dispel rumors of danger, then to take some extra precautions to keep safe. Try to:
Obey traffic laws
Light your bike at night
Check your gear
Wear a helmet (If you choose to!)
So take the responsibility of safety into your own hands, and show others how cycling is just as safe as driving or walking.