Nothing to Fear…

With the number of heated discussions related to bicycle safety that circulate around the internet, one might get the impression that riding a bicycle is dangerous. The statistics say otherwise. Following is a list compiled by Failure Analysis Associates, Inc. (Design News, 10-4-93) that compares the fatal risk associated with participating in various activities:

Activity Fatalities Per Million Hours
Skydiving 128.71
General Aviation 15.58
On-road Motorcycling 8.80
Scuba Diving 1.98
Living (all causes of death) 1.53
Swimming 1.07
Snowmobiling .88
Automobile Driving .47
Water Skiing .28
Bicycling .26
Flying (domestic airlines) .15
Hunting .08

I’ve seen other similar lists, and while the numbers and activities may vary a bit, the overall message is the same: bicycling is relatively safe when compared to other common activities. 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!

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