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Is Cycling to Work Safe?

 

Cycling is good for our health and the planet, but I can tell you that it’s not a risk-free activity. The figures don’t lie, and I totally agree that cycling to work is dangerous: every 13 minutes, a cyclist dies in the world. Accidents with other vehicles cause the vast majority of these deaths.

Regardless of the inevitable debate that flares up every time a fatal accident occurs between a car and a cyclist, there is no denying that the cyclist is always the victim.

 Despite all this, the number of cyclists worldwide and the popularity of bikes continues to grow, unfortunately increasing the probability of accidents. We must do everything possible to avoid them.

 

So, Is Cycling to Work Safe?

 

Cycling to work is not safe because:

  1. Riders are vulnerable to accidents and heat stroke, which may be lethal, resulting in death.

 

  1. According to research, cycling is the most exposed and unsafe mode of transportation.

 

  1. Riders are vulnerable to accidents caused by distracted or drunk drivers and other road users, which may injure any area of their body.

 

  1. Bikes may easily tumble or be damaged by poor road conditions, causing injury to the rider. Find out if cycling vs walking is better.

 

 

Reddit View On Cycling to Work

 Khuzul’s Viewpoint

 

I reside in Munich, Germany, although I have lived in Rome, Milan, and Trento. Two major differences:

Education: Here, drivers and cyclists follow regulations. Infrastructure ensures people don’t cross randomly or stroll on the cycling route. I can cycle to the nursery with a cart without going on the road. This and point 1, which makes crossings safe, make everything comfortable. Find out if cycling is more dangerous than driving. 

 

I hate my nickname, Viewpoint

 

I’ve biked to work for years (no electric bike). Consider:

  • How secure are your apartment building’s bike parking and your workplace?

 

  • Are you prepared for many days of harsh weather? Then there are surprise showers during rides. Because I reside in Italy’s Po valley, where there’s practically no wind, and you warm up while you peddle, I’ve never been worried by cold and wind. When I drove 12 miles one way, I had to carry items and struggled with the heat. I’ve never ridden an electric bike, but I believe it’s easier and inexpensive.

 

Statistics on Cycling to Work

 

Many people are discouraged from riding to work because they are afraid of being hurt. Despite having access to a bike, just 4% of individuals in the UK pedal to work, and 64% of respondents to the British Social Attitudes study (PDF) agrees. I also agree that cycling to work is too dangerous.

Is that concern justified? The University of Glasgow decided to investigate. They analyzed medical records and other data from 230,390 employees in 22 locations throughout the UK, 5,704 of whom stated cycling as their primary mode of transportation. The findings of their investigation were published in the medical journal BMJ on Wednesday (March 11, 2020).

They found that cycling was associated with a 45% higher risk of hospital admission for injury compared with other commuting methods and that longer cycling distances were associated with an increased risk of injury.

However, they discovered that cycling had significant health advantages, including decreased cancer risk, cardiovascular disease, and early mortality. Participants were recruited as part of the wider UK Biobank dataset between 2006 and 2010 and were tracked for an average of 8.9 years.

 

Only 7% of persons who cycled to work were hurt, while 6% of people who cycled for part of the journey were harmed. In comparison, 4.3% of employees who traveled by automobile or public transit were hurt. Walking to work was not linked to a higher risk of injury.

Anne Lusk, a research scientist at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, said in an editorial attached to the study that the study demonstrated an “urgent need to enhance cycling safety.” “

Improved bike lanes in dedicated space next to the sidewalks should be as revered and generously funded as historic buildings and trails.”

 

Common Problems & Solutions

 

Problems Faced by Cyclists:

 

Rush Hour Traffic

 

Rush hour can bring extreme traffic congestion, intermittent traffic, and more. Rear-end accidents are a serious risk for any vehicle stuck in rush-hour traffic. If a road does not have a bike lane, a cyclist between the cars may also be at high risk for rear-end collisions.

 

Aggressive Drivers

 

It is not unusual for drivers to act aggressively toward bicycle riders in the following ways and more. Slower traffic can especially encourage aggressive driving, and bikes are inherently slower than cars.

Therefore, it is not unusual for drivers to act aggressively toward bicycle riders in the following ways and more:

  • Get too close
  • Cut off cyclists
  • Passing dangerously close to cyclists
  • Make an abrupt right turn
  • Don’t give way
  • Run the traffic lights

These behaviors can result in life-changing injuries for bicyclists, all because one driver can’t control their impatience.

 

Distracted Driver

 

Too many drivers use their time behind the wheel to multitask, put on makeup, check email, organize their kids in the backseat, eat breakfast or dinner, and so much more. Bicyclists are already harder to spot than cars; when a driver becomes distracted, the chances of a bicycle accident increase significantly.

 

Car Doors That Open Suddenly

 

Many drivers check for approaching cars before opening their doors but need to remember to also check for approaching cyclists. For this reason, it is best to always drive in the center of the lane or cycle lane and stay away from parked or double-parked cars. You must also be attentive when you pass a taxi picking up or leaving travelers to avoid accidents or injuries.

 

 

Solutions

  1. Know the highway code and follow it
  • Always respect traffic lights and road signs.
  • Do not cycle on pedestrian crossings.
  • If there’s a bike lane, use it. In some cases, it is mandatory to do so.
  • Do not travel on motorways or expressways where bicycle access is not permitted.
  • Always ride in the direction of travel, never in the opposite direction.
  • Sidewalks are for pedestrians. Use them as little as possible and always at a reduced speed.
  • Avoid distractions like cell phones or headphones that limit your ability to hear traffic and your surroundings.
  1. Claim your lane on the street; don’t ride too close to the curb. If possible, fill your entire lane.
  2. Ride with friends or a group if possible
  3. Ride as if you were invisible, i.e., Keep some distance from moving and parked vehicles, so you have enough space in case a door opens or someone brakes suddenly.
  4. Keep your bike in top condition

 

 

Final Verdict

 

 

In closing, l would like to ask drivers and motorcyclists to respect the same rules that they would like to impose on all road users, including cyclists, also have empathy towards those who, instead of pressing the pedal to the floor, prefer to pedal to go to work and, above all, keep wider distances and in no hurry.

Arjun Mertiya

Arjun Mertiya

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Arjun Mertiya is a top-selling professional mtb and ebikes writer who lives what he writes as an automotive engineering graduate. He have 8 years in hand experience of ebikes and MTB testing in India. Arjun is passionate about technical writing specifically on MTB and ebikes.

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