Is Every Biker Doomed to Eventually Crash?By Rocky Thompson on May 11th, 2009
Maybe I’m naïve, but I don’t think crashes that result in hospital-trip injuries are an unavoidable part of cycling. Sure, everyone’s going to have an embarrassing scrape where they can’t get their foot out of a pedal at the top of the hill or they mistime a jump onto a curb and end up face-down on the ground, but riding your bike every day doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed to spend a day every year in the emergency room.
Eco Velo posted a list of activities and fatalities per million hours. Cycling comes pretty low on the list, but you also have to consider that most people spend significantly more time cycling than say, Scuba diving or Skydiving (or any kind of diving, for that matter).
Activity Fatalities Per Million Hours
- Skydiving 128.71
- General Aviation 15.58
- On-road Motorcycling 8.80
- Scuba Diving 1.98
- Living (all causes of death) 1.53
- Swimming 1.07
- Snowmobiling .88
- Automobile Driving .47
- Water Skiing .28
- Bicycling .26
- Flying (domestic airlines) .15
- Hunting .08
The response to the information was, to me, more interesting than the chart:
- It is very likely that you will get hurt several times this year while riding your bike.
- I expect to be run over, just not today.
And this gem:
- Skydiving is so dangerous! I hope they work out the kinks soon because it seems like such an efficient way to get around.
What’d you think? Is being a committed cyclist guaranteeing trips to the ER?