Cycling is a sport that is growing in popularity but unfortunately many people are not fully aware of the high risk of being injured on the road. A recent study has shown that in the UK, people are 20 times more likely to be hurt on the roads if they are on a bicycle as they are to be if they were in a car or other motor vehicle.
Even though this figure is quite alarming, it compares rather favourably compared with Australia, where cyclists are nearly 35 times more likely to be injured on a bicycle then in a car. Motorcycling is an activity that is known to be dangerous and those who ride a motorcycle are still the highest risk group. They are only slightly more likely to die than an Australian cyclist, but when compared to the UK figure for cyclists, motorcyclists are still at a significantly increased risk.
One of the reasons why cyclists can become injured so easily is because they don’t wear a great deal of safety kit. Car drivers are protected in a large shell of metal, and motorcycle riders wear a lot of protective gear. Most cyclists will only wear helmets for protection, and not even this is a legal requirement. A cycling accident without a helmet present can be a serious risk and it is often the case that people suffer brain trauma.
The statistics surrounding cycling are very interesting as cyclists do tend to live longer, especially if they cycle more and faster. This is because of the additional exercise they are getting, however, they are more likely to die on the road than a slower, infrequent cyclist.
More cyclists on the road in recent years has meant that the number being injured every year has increased. The government has stated that car drivers have to be more vigilant for cyclists on the road as they can be easy to miss. Cyclists have also been urged to obey the rules of the road and are reminded that the rules also apply to them, although they are rarely enforced with penalties.