cliffyboy1962 wrote:I am definitely going to leave this thread alone because, when you suggest that I am as much at risk of head injury making breakfast, as I am cycling, I know I am trying to make sense of a world of denial.
as an individual are more or less in danger doing different things depends on a lot of factors. The figures for risks being bandied about are for population averages, not necessarily the right thing for an individual. You may be well above average for household safety (for example, if you live in a bungalow you'll have a lot lower chance of a stair accident) or bike safety, or below, or whatever. What the average figure isn't necessarily the same as your
risk... but it will often be a pretty good guide.
So roughly 100 people are killed cycling per year in the UK, so at some level it's clearly dangerous. But about 1,000 are killed falling down the stairs, so clearly at some level that's dangerous too. So do you think it's reasonable to wear crash helmets to use the stairs? This isn't a suggestion you should, just an illustration that your perception of risk and your reaction to it is not the cold, linear, logical thing most of us would like to think.
If your idea of a good day's cycling is top-level bonkers BMX then you've a pretty sizeable chance of a nasty injury. If it's riding to the supermarket and getting some groceries in, despite the potentially killer traffic a few feet from you, the accident rate is actually lower per mile than if you went on foot. If you're a careless cyclist it might be worse, if you're careful and skillful probably better still.
cliffyboy1962 wrote:I'm sorry but I am a driver, first and foremost and I would never consciously or unconsciously consider a cyclist with a helmet a safer risk than any other road user. That is starting to sound a little silly now.
It does, but it really happens. An online discussion I had once the other chap told a story about he'd had a motorist pull up to him at a traffic light and wind the window down to tell him he should have been wearing a helmet. And a reason was given too, that had he been wearing a helmet it would have been safe enough to squeeze past him before the lights
. You might drive very well around any cyclists, but that doesn't scale to everyone. Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Often seen riding a bike around Dundee...