Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cycling Cycling Safety Bicycle Alone Accident Bike Fall AFL Coach James Hird severe concussion in a bicycle-alone- accident while riding in wet weather Herald Sun July 14, 2015 Bicycle Helmets Community Safety


The Health and Fitness objective of Cycling is undermined if the means of exercise is Unsafe!

Bike falls may be fatal. It would be Negligent of Government to repeal the bicycle helmet laws as Government has a duty of care to cyclist citizens. 


The Health and Fitness objective of cycling is undermined if the means of exercise is unsafe! To oppose the bike helmet law is absolute irresponsible nonsense.
 

Bike falls are very common. According to Bicycle Victoria 80% of cyclists' hospitalisations are for bicycle alone accidents or single vehicle crashes: bike falls.
 

The ridiculous and, I believe, negligent focus on cycling participation rather than safe cycling is taken to the extreme by arguing that a fundamental road safety/ risk reduction measure such as bike helmets is a disincentive to cycling participation, apparently because wearing a helmet is supposedly too onerous a requirement?
 

Much better apparently to have negligent, unsafe, life-threatening cycling participation or
"any kind of cycling more often?"
 

Pete Dowe

http://m.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/james-hird-has-been-injured-in-a-road-accident-while-riding-his-bicycle-home/story-fni5f6kv-1227440630007




Bike Falls may be fatal



"Around 80% of all cyclist hospitalisations are for crashes 
that do not involve motor vehicles."

"All the cyclists who have a crash ‘all by themselves’, called bicycle alone or single vehicle crashes as no other vehicle was involved

These account for around 80% of all hospitalisations." 


Bicycle Victoria Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002)





"The lack of an informed choice re cycling participation 

promotion as to the risks of death and serious injury and risk 

reduction measures may be negligent"

 

Pete Dowe 
Road Safety Advocate



http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/cycling-deaths-fatalities-victoria.html





Hird crashed into the road near the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street, not far from his Toorak home, after hitting his head on the road and knocking himself out.

Witnesses called an ambulance which took him to The Alfred hospital where he spent the night, with reports stating his helmet prevented further damage.

“He has suffered severe concussion, however X-rays have cleared him of any fractures.”

As for whether he’ll be riding in such conditions in the future, Tania doesn’t think it’s the best idea.
“It clears his head, it’s great exercise and I said that to him — I think we won’t do any more wet-weather riding anymore,” she said.


James Hird has been injured in a road accident while riding his bicycle home

July 14, 2015 11:37am












ESSENDON expects James Hird to be able to coach on Friday night after he was discharged from hospital this morning following a bicycle accident on Monday night.






James Hird is on the mend. Picture: Twitter courtesy of @EssendonFC
The Bombers released a brief statement on Tuesday morning, announcing Hird had been released from hospital after undergoing a “thorough medical assessment”.
Hird crashed into the road near the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street, not far from his Toorak home, after hitting his head on the road and knocking himself out.
Witnesses called an ambulance which took him to The Alfred hospital where he spent the night, with reports stating his helmet prevented further damage.
But after being cleared to go home, he may now coach histeam against North Melbourne on Friday night.
“James is in good spirits and will continue to rest up at home today,” the Essendon statement said.
“The club expects James will be able to coach on Friday night but will make a decision following further assessment with Doctor Bruce Reid tomorrow.”
Earlier today Hird’s wife Tania spoke outside their home, saying her husband was “very dopey” and “very sore” following his fall.
“By the time I’d left last night, all the scans had come through really positively and he was lucid,” she told reporters outside her home.
“I don’t really know too much to be honest, but there’s no fractures which is fantastic and by the time we left last night, he was able to talk. He was dopey, very dopey, and obviously very sore, but he was able to talk and I think it’ll all be fine.”
As for whether he’ll be riding in such conditions in the future, Tania doesn’t think it’s the best idea.
“It clears his head, it’s great exercise and I said that to him — I think we won’t do any more wet-weather riding anymore,” she said.
“(He) can take the car, I think”.






Essendon coach James Hird rode to an Essendon recovery session at St Kilda sea baths last week. Picture: Michael Klein
Tania Hird said he hadn’t even considered whether her husband could coach this week.
“I wouldn’t say (he’s in) good spirits,” she said.
“I couldn’t tell you that. He had a very, very severe concussion. And spirits ... I wouldn’t be talking about spirits at the moment. He had had a lot of medication.
“To be honest I’ve got no idea (if he’ll coach this Friday night) and it wasn’t a question I put to him.”
Hird was wearing a helmet which braced his fall, but he still suffered severe concussion.
Hird decided to ride his bike from home to Essendon’s Tullamarine headquarters and back again despite warnings of heavy rain throughout the day.
It’s understood it was raining heavily about 5.30pm when Hird had his accident.
Bombers club doctor Bruce Reid said Hird would be monitored.
“James was very fortunate he was wearing a helmet which has braced his fall,” he told the club website.
“He has suffered severe concussion, however X-rays have cleared him of any fractures.”
“James will remain in hospital for ongoing observation and following a review we hope he will be discharged soon.”
Hird has recently taken to his bike to improve his fitness and often rides to training and back.
Witnesses to the fall called the ambulance.
— with Mark Robinson and Ben Higgins


http://m.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/james-hird-has-been-injured-in-a-road-accident-while-riding-his-bicycle-home/story-fni5f6kv-1227440630007

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