The pros and cons of bicycling

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2023 | Bicycle Accidents |

Bicycle travel continues to increase in popularity. Two-wheel trips continue to trend, with more cyclists traveling roads throughout the nation.

In addition to the enjoyment, the WHO cites countless health benefits that exist that include:

  • Twenty minutes of cycling reduces mortality risk by approximately 10 percent
  • Commuting via bicycle reduces cardiovascular disease by 10 percent
  • Riding bicycles can decrease type 2 diabetes by 30 percent
  • Cancer mortality is nearly one-third lower among bike commuters
  • The change away from automobile travel lasting 16km could reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent

Potentially dangerous travel

Unfortunately, in spite of the healthy nature of cycling, the possibility of accidents is significant and can result in serious and potentially fatal injuries.

  • Pedal cyclist fatalities saw a three percent reduction from 2018 to 2019, according to the US Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • The DOT also reported that two percent of all injuries suffered in traffic collisions between 2019 and 2019 involved pedal cyclists
  • Non-fatal injuries among cyclists in traffic crashes and non-traffic incidents from 2010 to 2019 saw a reduction of 37 percent, according to the National Safety Council
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claimed that bicycle injuries and deaths annually cost $23 billion in healthcare costs and lost work productivity

Over the past few years, cycling has grown exponentially. In response, cities nationwide have committed millions in infrastructure custom-made for cycling, including cycling lanes.

The safest bicycle still can not hold up to the power and weight of a large motorized vehicle. Severe injuries are often the result for cyclists, frequently requiring the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.