Cycling is dangerous – and not just for cyclists | Letters
In the wake of Chris Boardman’s declaration that he avoids taking a bike out on Britain’s roads, readers discuss the best ways to ensure that drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can get along safely
Chris Boardman is entirely right when he says that cycling is increasingly dangerous (Boardman: I avoid cycling on British roads, 1 September), citing the death of his own mother in a bike accident. But it’s not just British roads. Both my ex-husband and my daughter sustained extensive injuries having been knocked off their bikes by reckless car drivers in Oxford and Singapore respectively. My daughter was lucky to come out of her terrible accident alive and is still recovering six months after she was hit.
While redesigning streets is the best possible outcome, that is going to take time and money so, meanwhile, why is the wearing of cycle helmets not made compulsory when cycling on roads? Medical staff said that my husband and daughter’s lives were saved by wearing theirs. It is particularly upsetting to see people cycling with children on the back of their bikes also not wearing helmets.
Source: Guardian Transport