Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagen Cycle Chic speaking at the TEDx conference in Copenhagen earlier this week.
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I thought that was a particularly good talk, thanks for posting.
Bravo! PS: I was very surprised to learn about declining ridership in Copenhagen in recent years.
Interesting take on helmet promotion.
It is still amazing to me just how dangerous car transportation is. Whenever the subject of transpiration comes up in a conversation, people are so surprised to hear that car accidents are the #1 cause of death to people from when they are infants to their teenage years. #1! I still shake my head as i write this myself. I know lots of moms and dads out there who fret over things like buying organic food, not using plastics, the list goes on and on but they don’t blink if they need to get in their car and go to the grocery store, when the later is infinitely more dangerous.
Just as Mikael, I have become much more scared of riding in cars from when i did my own research in bicycle safety, which is a bit ironic.
Wonderful post about the culture of fear. Fear is such a trap and unfortunately used everyday, especially in the US, to shut down debate about the real things we need to be concerned about.
I wish I were so articulate! This guy says what I’ve been saying for years, but is much better at it. I hope he gets out more for talks!
An air bag for bicyclists:
Come on people, this guy is deriding the fear culture with…more fear!
This makes him more disingenuous than the people he is railing against. Nowhere does he mention that the helmet is required by law to work, that it is a device–employing well-understood physics and trail tested for thousands of years of usage through history–engineered to lessen head acceleration during collision. It is not a panacea against all accident, it is simply an available technology to mitigate head injury in many types of collision. Should you decide to use it, it gives you another choice to help you assess the amount of personal safety you
I can not even begin to imagine the self-important this Danish guy must have to actively dissuade people from considering an available safety option, irregardless of any (imagined) effect helmets might have on bicycle ridership.
@ sb mike, Karen, statistical studies are relevant to you only if you allow it. Take auto death: if you look at individual cases of those deaths–you will find that a large percentage of them involves intoxication, inattention, lack of judgment and skill, failing equipment, and just general incompetency. If you drive without those conditions, you are safer in inverse proportion to the stat. We can do many things to lower risks (that’s why it is possible to be a stuntman as a career). We could apply all this to cycling: We mitigate cycling-risk not with fear but by increasing our riding intelligence and employing good equipment. That is why I, for one, am glad that there are manufacturers out there designing and producing good helmets, even if they are profit-driven and market their product with fear.
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