A few days in the past, fellow blogger Tony posted this: Most types of train are overwhelmingly secure – however don’t ignore the risks. Thanks, Tony. It’s primarily based on an fascinating examine not too long ago revealed within the journal Harm Prevention . By analyzing accident statistics in England and Wales within the interval 2012-2017, they got here up with damage charges for numerous exercise-related actions. Biking had an damage charge of two.8 per 100,000 outings, whereas strolling had 0.03 per 100,000, and health actions (e.g. fitness center participation) had 0.21 per 100,000. All of those are comparatively low, I’m solely prone to get injured about as soon as each 33,000 rides, and it may be argued that the well being advantages of the exercise outweigh the damage threat. However be aware that biking had 100 instances the damage charge of strolling. So it is smart to do no matter attainable to reduce the dangers. That is very true in my case, as within the few years I’ve been penning this log, I’ve accrued the train advantages of many hours of exercise. However I’ve additionally: damaged a collarbone in a motorcycle crash, ripped my rotator cuff in a mountaineering fall, and needed to go to the hospital for a head trauma (fortunately not too extreme).
For biking, listed here are some apparent security measures:
- Accident threat larger at evening than throughout the day, so if attainable keep away from using at evening, in any other case have good lighting and brilliant reflective clothes.
- Accident threat is larger at busy roads on rush hour. Using at these instances could also be unavoidable for bike commuting, however it helps to search out alternate routes on quieter roads. Again within the late Nineteen Seventies I used to be commuting from Mountain View Ca to Palo Alto. Palo Alto is now thought-about a bike-friendly metropolis however was significantly much less so again then. I bear in mind my route went midway on Central Expressway, which had a pleasant bike lane, however then was Alma Ave, a busy avenue with no bike lane and a slender shoulder. I rapidly mapped out a route that prevented Alma Ave by utilizing quieter streets, in any other case I may not be right here to put in writing this weblog.
I used to be already doing measures like these and others like preserving my bike well-maintained. My current accident precipitated me to rethink what I may need accomplished otherwise, and I got here up with: Use fatter tires. The bike I crashed on is taken into account a “gravel bike” and will have been sure-footed on the street I used to be on. It got here with 32 mm extensive tires, and once they wore out I changed them with 25 mm to be quicker. Security first! I’ll be placing 32s again on the bike quickly. I’ve additionally at all times prided myself on being a “fearless descender”. Because the crash occurred on a downhill flip, I believe it’s time to quite take delight in being a “cautious descender”.
- Davies M, Lawrence T, Edwards A, et al, “Sport-related main trauma incidence in younger individuals and adults in England and Wales: a nationwide registry-based examine”, Harm Prevention Revealed On-line First: 24 October 2023. doi: 10.1136/ip-2023-044887.