Helmets and appropriate safety clothing

From the Lancashire Evening Post. Presented without comment.

The number of cyclists killed and seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads has almost doubled in a year.

Police said that between April 2013 and July 2013, 53 cyclists were killed and seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads compared to 29 in the same period in 2012.

Now officers are urging cyclists to wear helmets and appropriate safety clothing when riding their bike.

Chief Insp Debbie Howard said: “We have seen an increase in the popularity of cycling in recent years so there are now more cyclists on our roads.

“Despite falling trends in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, the proportion of casualties which cyclists account for is an increasing one.

“Cyclists can leave themselves vulnerable when riding on our roads and we want to remind them of the importance of wearing a cycling helmet and appropriate safety clothing when riding their bike.

Pedal cyclists accounted for seven per cent of all casualties in Lancashire in 2012.

 

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10 Responses to Helmets and appropriate safety clothing

  1. Phil C says:

    Really?!???!?

    So, (and don’t get me wrong here – I am a pro-helmet cyclist) it’s OUR fault?

    Where is the “Drivers Need To Take More Care Around Growing Number Of Cyclist” headlines??

    No – it’s your fault cos we can’t see you!! More rubbish that only serves to perpetuate the ‘us and them’ mentality!!

  2. Nige says:

    So not urging drivers to not smash their vehicles into humans then?

  3. rdrf says:

    Dreadful victim-blaming crap.

    One feature of cycling in rural Lancashire (see occasional posts on Dave Horton’s “Thinking of Cycling” blog for what can be pleasant rural cycling) is the way in which your life may be threatened on what should be pleasant country lanes by thoughtless/careless/dangerous motorists. the absence of congestion inducing slow and heavy flows of motor traffic (such as we get in central London) is these anti-social characters. A lot of locals don’t like these people and the police should get off their arses and do something about the threat they pose to all other road users.

    Instead we get this victim-blaming nonsense.

    I urge you to read your way through the Bicycle Helmets Research Foundation website on http://www.cyclehelmets.org/ . It will help you with ammunition to fight this gigantic red herring.

    There is SO MUCH wrong with it.

    e.g. “Pedal cyclists accounted for seven per cent of all casualties in Lancashire in 2012.” Well , so what? If you get far more people cycling, then even with no increase in your chances of being hurt on a bicycle that proportion might go up. or even more if people continue to walk less. this kind of comment is completely meaningless at best. How about the proportion of casualties in which a motor vehicle was involved? Or the increased possibility of hurting someone else when you shift from walking or cycling to motoring?

    The continuous flow of drivel from the “road safety” industry is very frustrating. Where to begin in criticising people who are supposed to be concerned for the safety of all road users as well as having a responsibility to enforce the law? Mark – I assume this is why you don’t comment. Maybe you just don’t want to end up banging your head against the keyboard.

    Because then when you are posting you would have to wear a ………

    Regards,

    Dr. Robert Davis, Chair RDRF

  4. From many of this year’s postings on this weblog I have now the impression that British people are mainly petrolheads with little or no regard for non-automobilists, and that this causes many of the problems for cyclists in British traffic.
    Perhaps it is a kind of class struggle? This should not come as a surprise because GB is very class-aware.

  5. Christine jones says:

    Women dressed like the Amish to avoid rape and all American kids should wear bullet proof vests in school.
    I would think a response en mass to this pile of victim blaming us in order, do you have the source please? I certainly would like to write to them.

    • Richard Powell says:

      +1
      My thoughts exactly.

    • Har Davids says:

      Suggestions like you mentioned show the reluctance of ‘authorities’ to tackle the source of any problem if it means upsetting any kind of group, be they men in general or gun-owners. If wearing hiviz and a helmet improves peoples’ chance to make it home alive, as motorists can be bothered to to drive safely, better forget riding that bike.

      Are British motorist really that entrenched, or just it looks like it?

      • Ian says:

        We’ve created (partly deliberately) a country with poor public transport structures, so country-dwellers often have little option other than some form of private transport. Most people believe that for any journey which exceeds their personal comfort limit (which an vary from 100m to 30+ km depending on the person) this essentially means motor car.

        Because cars are perceived as so crucial, the ‘right’ to use them without hindrance is defended as if it were vital to life. This ought to be fixable (better public transport + higher barriers to car usage), but I cannot see any UK politician risking the short-term pain and consequent anger, so the apparent effect is of entrenched motorists. The idiocy that is the Nice Way Code makes clear just how important the motoring vote is to our leaders.

  6. Harry says:

    “Where is the “Drivers Need To Take More Care Around Growing Number Of Cyclist” headlines??”

    …in the same place as the ‘Goodwood Festival of Considerate Driving’!

  7. Fred says:

    Drivers really believe this stuff, it’s more than worrying.

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