Cugel wrote:It comes to us all. Where are the entrepreneurs with their hip protectors? These are what we olepharts need, not the plastic hats.
Wouldn't sturdier bikes, more upright position, fatter tyres and wider handlebars help protect the rider more? Or recumbent tricycles? Or velomobiles? All usually pooh-poohed by CTC traditionalists clinging to their lightweight narrow-tyred drop-handlebar steeds... although maybe wide long-flap saddlebags might also protect the hips...
Anyway, all those are much easier to use where you've got cycleways that are fit for purpose, without stupid narrow barriers, tight slaloms or crazy zero-radius corners - where you've got Dutch or Danish build quality, in short.
I suppose ultimate safe spaces for every lad & lass might be the dreamy wish of many. For some reason, probably to do with a rough but ever-so-pleasurable childhood, I've come to prefer the risky environments of the real world met with a long-honed ability to assess the risks of the prickly thing and avoid them where possible.
Is this the best approach for all? Perhaps not. Many these days seem to have acquired a fundamental assumption that "someone" should keep them safe at all times. Myself, I would become restive if kept safe. perhaps breaking out and immediately getting run over by a Large Thing or eaten by a Kraken because of lack of the experience to deal with such dangers.
Mind, this seems to happen quite often even to those who have been kept very safe indeed until they are "adults".
Cugel, still on the right side f the cliff edge.