African Women Voices
Thirteen cyclists died in Britain last September only, reports the Guardian. Does that mean people will give up bicycles and travel by car or public transports?
Rob Penn, author of It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels, answered on the English paper website:
[…] the news emboldens me to cycle more, and encourage others to do the same, rather than lock my bikes away in the shed and drive a car.
In the last ten years the number of cyclists in London increased by 110%. As more people choose the environmentally friendly and cheaper way to travel, accidents also increase. Two years ago 104 cyclists were killed on the UK roads, compared to the 111 of the year 2011.
Dying in a car accident is more frequent than dying while cycling. Based on the Bandolier health care journal, the odds of dying on a bike are one in 5103 in a lifetime. Meaning that out of 5103 rides during a lifetime, one might be fatal. For motor vehicles the number plums, reaching the odds of one in 240 chances in a lifetime.
Promoted on safety, bikes might also pass with flying colours in the financial field. With a $9 investment Izhar Gafni, from Israel, managed to build a perfectly functioning cardboard bike. Below is a short documentary about him.