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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

So the more who cycle & the less who drive kills more cyclists?

In this BBC story  We see that back in 1934 when there were far less drivers, and especially car drivers, and many more cyclists there were far more cycling deaths on GB's roads. In fact  1536 cyclists died then compared to 109 in 2014. And this was when there were far fewer people living here too.

To get this in perspective, in 2013 there were a total of 1713 road deaths of all types so with more drivers and driver journeys and less cyclists, far less of all types are dying and certainly far less cyclists are dying too.

So what is a fact here. When there was far less driving and much more cycling far more cyclists were being killed. In fact 14 times more were being killed than now. So who was killing them then?

Perhaps we should just look at the concept for the answer:

'Why do we also ignore that road cycling is placing one's unprotected body, high up on two slender wheels at unnatural speeds, among and competing with large essential relatively fast moving machines, operated by complete strangers of varying ability and mental capacity? That is road cycling in a nutshell. Would humans normally behave like that unless it were cycling? If the concept were only just being suggested and proposed now, we would send for the men in white coats. How can politicians and the media ignore the reality and encourage more to do it?'

Are we failing to see the obvious? What is killing cyclists, with or without drivers, is primarily the concept of road cycling and these figures tend to support it.

Why then are we trying to get more people on bikes and out of their cars?

2015 Cyclist death to date

And here is Rod King of 20's Plenty trying to rationalise this by ignoring the concept of road cycling as the major and primary killer.

 @DriverUnion @Pacts @transportgovuk @CommonsTrans @CCHQPress Poor, poor Keith. He doesn't realise that in 1934 cars had no speed limits!

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