FatBat wrote:It would be useful to undertake a similar analysis on UK incidents.
squeaker wrote:The h*lm*t bit is interesting :roll:
TonyR wrote:Been done, at least for London. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/do ... p-2011.pdf
Millions of parents take it as an article of faith that putting a bicycle helmet on their children, or themselves, will help keep them out of harm's way.
But new data on bicycle accidents raises questions about that. The number of head injuries has increased 10 percent since 1991, even as bicycle helmet use has risen sharply, according to figures compiled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. But given that ridership has declined over the same period, the rate of head injuries per active cyclist has increased 51 percent just as bicycle helmets have become widespread.
FatBat wrote:Interesting, especially as John Forester in his book Effective Cycling states that rear-end hits were very rare.
TonyR wrote:FatBat wrote:It would be useful to undertake a similar analysis on UK incidents.
Been done, at least for London. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/do ... p-2011.pdf
Psamathe wrote:I'm probably out-of-date as I haven't driven in the states for some time, but when I did (much of southern US), I found drivers particularly tolerant and much more "laid-back" than in the UK. You could be waiting at the from of a line of cars at lights, fail to notice the lights change, be too late as they turn back to red and the queue would happily wait behind you no hooting, just quietly waiting. Whereas UK many drivers seem to be in a mad rush to get everywhere and rather impatient.
TonyR wrote:That's because the person you might hoot is probably carrying a gun in the US.
Vorpal wrote:People just don't carry guns around in their cars, the way they do in the movies.
661-Pete wrote:Unless of course driver fatigue is a factor. I would imagine that many roads in the USA are long, straight and featureless, with little to grab the driver's attention.
Psamathe wrote:The grey sky meeting the grey water with no features anywhere would make them "hypnotised" or just sleepy/inattentive as there was nothing to keep them alert; and they were ending-up just driving off the road into the water.
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