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  • #125137

    A family member sent me a link to this video and it’s pretty ridiculous.

    http://on.aol.com/video/terrifying-fact … d%3D487764

    They start off saying there were 726 bicycle-related deaths in the USA in 2012. That seems like a lot but a quick search found there were more than 4,600 motorcycle deaths in the USA in 2011. And motor vehicle deaths? 34,000+ in 2012.

    At the very end they mention that if more people chose to complete errands by bike we could save $7 billion but I don’t know why anyone would do this since biking is so "terrifying." 😢

  • #125138

    The video says there were 49,000 bike injuries that year.

    I’m, confident I personally accounted for about 47,000 of them myself, so the rest of y’all are pretty safe–so get out there and ride! 😎

  • #125139

    They made them there numbers up. 😏

  • #125140

    I’m still trying to figure out if that is a pro or anti biking video 😕 Not surprising coming from AOL video, I guess…

  • #125141
    "gar29" wrote

    I’m still trying to figure out if that is a pro or anti biking video 😕

    It’s a "grab as many views as possible" biking video. 😀 Pretty sure the creators don’t have an agenda beyond that.

  • #125142
    "jeff" wrote

    They start off saying there were 726 bicycle-related deaths in the USA in 2012.

    Barely a month passes and there’s at least one bicycle fatality in Orange County (Calif)
    Very Sad
    Be safe out there people

  • #125143

    Funny, I just finished my speech about road car/bike safety half an hour ago. Those numbers are ‘real’ – as in they are actually study numbers. Accuracy of those numbers for what we assume they portray however, not so much. Cyclists do(only?) account for 1/14th of all road deaths. And those 49,000 injuries – yeah that were reported. You always have to look at statistics more closely to get the whole picture and don’t assume anything about the numbers. This isn’t to say that roads are completely safe for cyclists, but usually there has to be a load of people getting killed/hurt for people to give enough of a toss to do something.
    The thing about being hit with helmets, yeah there’s actually a word for things like that but I forget it. It’s like when airbags were put in cars, more accidents happened. People think they’re protected so act more reckless. Argument being if people had a giant spike in the middle of their steering wheel instead that’d impale and killed you if they drove badly and got hit, everybody would drive carefully and never try anything stupid.

  • #125144

    I think all the clips of kids on bikes in the background of the video are interesting. Is this some sort of subliminal attempt to dissuade parents from buying their kid a bike?

  • #125145
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    I think all the clips of kids on bikes in the background of the video are interesting. Is this some sort of subliminal attempt to dissuade parents from buying their kid a bike?

    Ha! I think it just shows the level of knowledge of the video creators. Bikes = kids’ toys.

  • #125146

    For the bike injuries, I have needed stitches a twice from mountain bike crashes, and wound up in the hospital once after being hit by a car. So that is three trips to the hospital. IMO, that should count as 1 for this type of survey, but I would bet it is reported as 3, even though 2 of the incidents happened on the dirt and not related to traffic in any way. Makes me wonder about that type of statistic’s accuracy, since the reporting party would be the hospital.

  • #125147
    "gar29" wrote

    For the bike injuries, I have needed stitches a twice from mountain bike crashes, and wound up in the hospital once after being hit by a car. So that is three trips to the hospital. IMO, that should count as 1 for this type of survey, but I would bet it is reported as 3, even though 2 of the incidents happened on the dirt and not related to traffic in any way. Makes me wonder about that type of statistic’s accuracy, since the reporting party would be the hospital.

    The survey was done by the Center of disease control and prevention and national highway traffic safety administration. They were only counting road related accidents.
    All except for the 49,000 injuries number idk the background of that one.

  • #125148

    The video is trying to push for cycleways. kid on bikes is trying to scare the parents into imagining their kids being hit and then wanting a safe place for bikes too. so, Pathos.

  • #125149

    CFMEpic

    I have a brother in law that is terrified of sharing the road with cars. He will only ride on the greenway trails in his neighborhood. Of course, he is thinking of his bicycle as a purely recreational tool, much like a tennis racket or set of golf clubs. This video will reinforce his fear of riding with car traffic. On the other hand, people who think of their bicycles as a tool of transportation already understand the risks and will likely laugh off this video as misguided. 😆

  • #125150

    The statistics that are used on this video are only re-stating some ridiculously obvious facts. To prevent injuries, don’t fall, don’t ride your bike in city traffic during rush hour, preferably ride in designated bike lanes, and preferably ride in green park zone areas away from traffic.

    No Duh! LOL

  • #125151

    Even if the statistics can be taken at face value, to decide what it all means, you have to balance traffic/accident deaths with the positive benefits of biking. In other words, if I don’t ride, I won’t die from riding a bike, I’ll just wish I was dead, and probably die young of hart disease any how.

  • #125152
    "Bubblehead10MM" wrote

    Even if the statistics can be taken at face value, to decide what it all means, you have to balance traffic/accident deaths with the positive benefits of biking. In other words, if I don’t ride, I won’t die from riding a bike, I’ll just wish I was dead, and probably die young of hart disease any how.

    Good point! You choose what way you want to go 😃

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