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Biking to work risks October 18, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in general, numbers-in-my-life.
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There have been several studies of accidents involving bicyles especially now that commuting to work is on the rise as this post notes.

Bicycle commuting is on the rise, as evidenced by the following articles in Treehugger.com, the Boston Herald, and USA Today. But if the idea of hitting the road on two wheels — with little to protect you from cars and trucks but good manners — strikes you as pretty risky, you aren’t so far from the mark.

Freakonomics also raises a question I think it has raised before – if helmets protect cyclists at all.

I cycle to work as well, been doing that for about 2 weeks now. Of the 1 mile/10 minute one way distance, this is the approximate split.

10% – on a road with some bit of traffic

2% – on a road with some real busy traffic (no, not a highway anyway)

20% – on purely residential cul-de-sac kinda route safe enough to let 8 year olds play.

60% – Third-party corporate parking lot

rest – Yahoo! parking lot

Inspite of this weird journey composition, with about 100 metres in potentially danger area, I always try to remember carrying my helmet. Yet I forget about 1 out of 5 times and if I have to cycle back more than 10 seconds to pick it up, I don’t. I think that should change.

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