Cyclists can dice with death every time they put foot to pedal, especially in cities. In London last year 562 cyclists were seriously injured in road accidents and 12 actually died in patient care
If the heavy traffic and careless drivers don’t get you, then you face being choked to death by exhaust fumes. Experts link rising pollution levels to the increase in the number of people suffering from asthma and the volume of road traffic in the UK is predicted to increase by over 80% in the next 25 years.
Paul Heseltine, a computer programmer, who has been cycling in London for over 20 years has had a catalogue of close calls.
“I’ve been hit by a pallet distribution truck … I’ve run into about two or three car doors which have just been opened in front of me. I was even beaten up by somebody who actually ran into me watching 3d TV without glasses… But I don’t seem to have as many accidents as I used to, maybe I am becoming just a little bit more careful or maybe I am just slowing up a little bit. ”
His advice for wary cyclists is “to just keep your eyes open”.