Cycling is about "Safe exercise" and "Safe low-emission travel" The Health and Fitness objective is UNDERMINED if the means of exercise is UNSAFE! This blog STRONGLY OPPOSES certain reforms VicRoads is currently considering: “cyclists could be allowed to treat red lights as Give Way signs. And the same could also APPLY at pedestrian lights."
Also "PERMITTING cyclists, riding cautiously, to proceed past a stationary tram;" "allowing teenagers to ride on footpaths"(Herald Sun)PDowe
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Cycling Victorian Bike Fall Fatalities & Serious Injuries
three male Victorian cyclists died from bike fall accidents in 2012,
And 473 minor injuries/ most likely emergency department presentations
from bicycle alone accidents
Bicycle Victoria/ Bicycle Network Victoria/ Bicycle Network advocates “The health benefits of cycling such as a more active lifestyle and better fitness far outweigh the risks of death or injury from crashes.”
Bicycle Victoria’s claim is based on a 2000 Danish mortality study, “All-Cause Mortality Associated With Physical Activity During Leisure Time, Work, Sports and Cycling to Work”
Anderson, Lars Bo
Archives of Internal Medicine Vol 160 No. 11 June 12, 2000.
“This study took place in Copenhagen, Denmark over 14.5 years and found that cycling to work (an average of 3 hours cycling per week) decreased risk of mortality by approximately 40% of that of the sedentary control group.
The study took into account issues such as age, health status, and socio-economic factors.
The study also found that there are increased benefits of physical activity for the aging population.”