With the number of heated discussions related to bicycle safety that circulate around the internet (and occasionally appear on this site), one might get the impression that riding a bicycle is dangerous. Fortunately, the statistics say otherwise. Following is a list compiled by Failure Analysis Associates, Inc. (Design News, 10-4-93) comparing the fatal risk associated with participating in various activities:
|Activity||Fatalities Per Million Hours|
|Living (all causes of death)||1.53|
|Flying (domestic airlines)||.15|
I’ve seen other similar lists, and while the numbers and activities may vary a bit, the overall message is the same: bicycling is safe. So, for those who are unsure about bicycling, educate yourself, make informed choices about your equipment, ride responsibly, and get out there and have fun; the benefits of bicycling far outweigh the risks!