Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lights, Helmet, Action!

Would you change your behavior if I told you there was an easy way to cut your risk of cycling injury in half?

Despite the blanket coverage of the latest disaster on my favorite news channel, I know cycling is the most dangerous thing I do.

However, put cycling against my family medical history of diabetes and heart disease, it’s probably a risk worth taking. In terms of what kills us, cycling is far down the list.

Here in North America, we’re pretty good about wearing our helmets while training. I’ve been riding seriously since 1999 and have broken four helmets over that period. Even if they are only saving me time in the ER and stitches, helmets are money well spent!

What about running lights?

I used to think that they were for riding in the dark.

I would go as far as asking my friends to turn them off when riding with me!

This video changed my mind…

Slide forward to the 2:30 mark and spend one minute listening.

Aaron is talking about a...

  • Randomized, controlled experiment
  • With nearly 4,000 cyclists
  • Using lights resulted in 19% fewer accidents over a year
  • Most significantly there was a 47% reduction in multiparty accidents resulting in cyclist injury

Needless to say, I am currently rolling with front and rear lights!

Spread the word and let’s keep each other safe.

Gordo is the founder of Endurance Corner. You can find his personal blog at coachgordo.wordpress.com.

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