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Over 3,000,000 people in UK suffer from Osteoporosis. If you fall off your bike you can fracture your wrist, arm,collar bone, shoulder,pelvis, leg or cranium. And more work for the NHS treating you.
And bikes and scooters are hired out without helmets!
RoSPA doesn’t even know the number of serious injuries. Their latest report states that they rely only on those reported to the police. The actual number may be two or three times more. <Their stats are useless>
THE DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT SHOULD ASK THE NHS FOR THE ACTUAL NUMBERS with details of age, sex and occupation. NO ONE EVER DOES.
Simon Cowell’s fall from his new electric trail bike should serve as a warning. He fractured his spine in six places. It is very lucky he is not a paraplegic.
If you can find somewhere to charge it, get an electric car as soon as you can and contribute to cleaner air.
STOP PRESS – SIMON COWELL HAS JUST BROKEN HIS BACK TRYING OUT HIS NEW ELECTRIC BIKE.
“That’s cycling, as Jonathan Vaughters, the former rider who is now head of the EF Pro Cycling team, noted a couple of years ago when he talked about the countless hospital visits, gory medical reports and horrific roadside scenes of his long experience.
“We, the old guard, are so vaccinated against feeling in cycling,” Vaughters wrote in a piece for CyclingTips. “A crash with a concussion, a broken nose and collarbone is seen as lucky. Healthy, really. ‘He’s fine’ will be the response to anyone who asks, and then the follow-up is really how many weeks before he can begin training again.
“These thoughts, words and responses seem truly insane to someone not tenured in the world of bicycle racing. And I guess that’s because they are.”
That’s cycling. We may gawp at the footage but those within the sport have to avoid thinking too deeply about the perilous risks when cyclists are hurtling wheel to wheel at crazy speeds dressed in Lycra.
“That is the great open secret of bike racing — how often and how terribly they crash,” Dan Coyle noted in Lance Armstrong’s War. They crash in sprints and flying down mountain passes, on greasy roundabouts and into bollards and fences and ditches on sun-melted tar.
They break backs and pelvises and particularly collarbones. Never mind road rash and saddle sores, Coyle estimated that there were about five serious injuries per week among the four hundred or so professional cyclists. Over a six-month season, that amounted to a one-in-four chance of time in hospital.“
Cyclist Casualties, 20162 Child (0-15) Adult All* Killed 8 94 102 Seriously injured 309 3,088 3,397 Slightly injured 1,664 13,314 14,978 Total 1,981 16,496 18,477
*All includes casualties where age not recorded
These figures only include cyclists killed or injured in road accidents that were reported to the police. Many cyclist casualties are not reported to the police, even when the cyclist is injured badly enough to be taken to hospital. The figures also exclude cycling accidents that occur away from the road. Although the number of deaths is accurate, there could be two or three times as many seriously injured cyclists and double the number of slightly injured.
<They just don’t know!>
The majority of cyclist casualties are adults, with approximately 10% being children. Cycling accidents increase as children grow older, with 10 to 15 year old riders being more at risk than other age groups, including adults until about the age of 60 years3 . To some extent, this reflects increased cycling as children grow older followed by a switch to motorised transport from the late teens onwards. It also coincides with the age when children attend Secondary school and may start to indicate riskier behaviour.
Males are far more likely to be involved in cycling accidents than females. In 2016, 81% of those injured in a reported road traffic accident were male4 . Almost two thirds of cyclists killed or seriously injured were involved in collisions at, or near, a road junction, with T-junctions being the most commonly involved. Roundabouts are particularly dangerous junctions for cyclists. Not surprisingly, the severity of injuries suffered by cyclists increases with the speed limit, meaning that riders are more likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries on higher speed roads.
Almost half of cyclist deaths occur on rural roads.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO RACE TO BE IN DANGER
A Bike better than an electric car? Sheer madness! MeshuGaas! and Sustrans cycling lobby MeShuganaahs to suggest it!
The English made their language global before globalisation existed. It was honed in the Raj. Meanwhile, Tzoras, a Shemozzle and a real Meshugaas were words born in the Ghetto. Now in their DNA, surviving two thousands of years of racial persecution, pogroms, quotas, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust, Jews have words honed by suffering, trial and tribulation with jokes born out of their eternal predicament.
For instance, there is the story of the old Jew seen repeatedly praying earnestly in front of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. When asked by a tourist, who had seen him more than once, what it gave him, the reply “Vell, I suppose that it’s like praying to a wall.”
That is my experience complaining to the Local Government and Legal Ombudsmen. I need say no more. I do not need pages of narrative.
The English rely on the English understatement. Covid-19 is “just a little problem we’ll sort out on the day”. In Yiddish, only one word is needed, Tzsoras, very big trouble, to be accompanied perhaps by 0y vey. That says it all.
Your internet connection breaks down. Drat! Bother! In Yiddish, it is another Shemozzle. As you say it, you feel your annoyance.
I have been writing at length bemoaning the cycling lobby. I have described them as political zealots, amateur planners, car-haters. The late Bernard Levin who, like me, was very Anglicised, would have called them “single issue fanatics”.
The Cycling lobby, Sustrans, has a vision. Six years ago, and we are now all stuck with it, their Annual Review 2013-2014 said: “By 2020, four out of five local journeys will be made by bike, foot or public transport.” Then they put it another way, only one in five local journeys will be made by car with double the number of those who cycle.
“We think a street should be designed for residents rather than those driving through, with slower speeds and slower moving traffic , so people are more inclined to walk and cycle for their journeys, some or all of the way .”
In English understatement, Sustrans’ vision is “well-intentioned but maybe a little over-optimistic.” In Yiddish, their vision is a Meshugaas and Sustrans are Meshuganahs. For those guilty of speeding at 22mph 70,000 drivers in London alone have been fined £100 minimum since January with 3 points on their licences to make cycling safer. In Yiddish this is simply a real Mushagaas.
I flagged up the fact that the latest report from RoSPA said that the figures of serious accidents based on incidents reported to the police, not from the NHS, could be two or three times more. In Yiddish, their stats are currently worth Gornisht. Again, one word says it all.
Our rulers in Westminster and Whitehall throw billions to create cycle lanes where there are few cyclists and cause even greater polluting congestion, and probably cause more serious cycling accidents too, especially now more and more e. Scooters and e.bikes are being hired without helmets. Schlecht.
If they went to Brent Cross and the North Circular Road, they could see that London is not Amsterdam or Copenhagen. More Mushagaas. And More Meshuganahs. Why do I write pages when one or two words say it all?
For all of them the coming EV revolution with autonomous cars, Nissan’s single pedal Leaf made 270 miles North of London in Sunderland NOW, 100 million Americans already within a 15 minute drive of a fast charger with EVgo – now this may test you – so much better than the English understatement “Wakey, Wakey,” get your tongue round this: “Mach nacht und geh schlafen.”
I am sorry if you think all of this is a bit of a chutzpah.
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