- Jul 16, 2005
As a frequent bike rider, your research is both relevant and informative, thank you. Regarding this newest injury, I hope we can agree that we the fans are less impacted than Chris, or Chaim, or his Red sox teammates, or the owners. I'm on board with lamenting the fact that he's hurt AGAIN, and that he should have taken more care. I just wish we could pull back from the personal attacks on players from whom we want and expect more. I hate the expression due to its overuse, but "it is what it is".If you are going to be a pedant.
Risk of injury from cycling compared to driving. 45,000 cyclists vs. 2.4M motorists were injured in 2005, from traveling 6.2 billion miles and 1.6 M-M miles respectively, yielding 7.3 injuries per million miles for cyclists and 1.5 injuries per million miles travelled for motorists, making cyclists 4.9 times more likely to be injured per mile of travel. NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts 2005 (PDF)
Testosterone kills. Male riders are seven times more likely to end up a fatality than a female cyclist, and four times more likely to be injured. (Treehugger, 2009)
Kinds of crashes. Falls account for 59% of all crashes, running into a fixed object 14%, moving motor vehicles were involved in 11%, and another bicycle in 9%. (Moritz, 1998)
One in every 20 bicyclists is injured annually. (Bicycling Magazine 1987)
A bicyclist can expect a minor injury every three years and a more serious one every fifteen. (Bicycle Forum 1978)