Save a cyclist

This week on the blog we’re looking at what is a very serious topic – the safety of cyclists on our roads. We’re less than a month into 2011 and already there have been a number of cycling fatalities on the roads.

Former boxer, Gary Mason was killed whilst on his bike in London on 6 January, whilst last week saw two rising stars of road cycling killed – Carla Swart (Team HTC Highroad) and Lewis Balycki (British Cycling Talent Team) were killed within 24 hours of each other. As a result of these deaths a campaign has been started through facebook to Save A Cyclist.

In July 2010 the former Olympic rower, James Cracknell, was taking part in a challenge across America. He was cycling Route 66 through Arizona when in the early dawn, despite being lit up like a Christmas tree, the wing mirror of a truck struck him from behind, fracturing his skull in two places and leaving him with bleeding in the frontal lobes of the brain and a head full of staples. James was one of the lucky ones. He has lived to tell the tale – but there are plenty of those out there who haven’t.

A survey carried out by the Department for Transport shows that 60% of people think the roads in United Kingdom are too dangerous to cycle on.  Statistic show that in 2009 there were 11 742 reported accidents involving cyclists on Britain’s roads – accounting for 5% of all road accidents.

Image of cyclist in Edinburgh City Centre

City centres are hazardous places for cyclists

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Autumn walking – be prepared!

With summer an almost distant memory and the trees changing to rich golden shades of brown walking out on the hills becomes more of a challenge. Mountain Rescue see an increase in their call outs over the autumn months as the ground is slipperier underfoot and you can’t see what is lurking under the fallen leaves.

Enjoy fun walks this autumn

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