Here are some interesting statistics that came through my email today.
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Source: Lunch hour lecture on risks and benefits of active transport by Dr Jenny Mindell of UCL.
So there you go: cycling may not be as safe as playing golf, but it’s 41x safer than going fishing.
This is not to say that cycling safety is a non-issue. The (lack of) attractiveness and (perceived) danger associated with cycling is a major deterrent to more widespread cycle use in London. And far too many cyclists are unnecessarily getting hurt, but we must maintain some perspective.