Useful Links and Advice
See below for useful contacts and web sites for more details / information on various topics. One link you might want to store among your favourites is our Facebook page www.facebook.com/gloscitycc/
Is cycling dangerous? No, in general , cycling in Britain is a relatively safe activity. Using official police reported road casualty figures, road traffic reports, population statistics, and the National Travel Survey Cycling U calculated that, on average, over 2012-2016:
- one cyclist was killed on Britain’s roads for every thirsty million miles traveled by cycle – the equivalent of well over 1,000 times around the world
- there were around 9.4 million cycle trips for every cycle death
- the general risk of any severity while cycling was just 0.05 per 1,000 hours of cycling.
- According to a paper that looked at sports injuries, tennis is riskier than “outdoor cycling” with 5 injures per thousand hours against 3.5 for cycling. Rowing machine exercise came in at 6 injuries per thousand hours.
- The health benefits of cycling far outweigh the injury risks, by between 13 and 15 to 1, according to various studies (and depending on the benefits/disbenefits considered).
A crowd sourced free map with marked cycle paths Open Street Maps
A map showing where people actually ride: Strava Heat Map
An interesting wayof comapring modern and histoirc maps Know Your Place
A useful route plotting service Ridewithgps
Roads and Highways
Although helmets are, and can only be, designed to withstand minor knocks and falls, not serious traffic collisions the Club’s position is that their wearing is strongly recommended, especially when groups are riding close and fast, such as in the chain gang, or when off road. However, it remains a personal decision. To help you make that decision here are some facts relating to helmet wear:
- British Medical Association and Royal College of General Practitioners are against compulsory cycle helmets – overall benefits outweighed by negative effect on cycling. Noted that helmets are not designed to protect from impact with motor vehicles.These arguments are summarized by Cycling UK here
- Cyclists account for less than one per cent of head injury admissions to hospital. There are 4.8 times more car occupants who die of head injuries than cyclists, 4.6 times more pedestrians and 1.5 times more motorcyclists (Thornhill et al, British Medical Journal, 2000; Mayer Hillman, Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, 1993).
- Helmets are designed to protect in falls not crashes with vehicles. More than 90 per cent of serious injuries and fatalities involve impacts with vehicles. Helmets are not designed to protect areas of the head which account for more than half the figures for injuries to cyclists.
A register for your valuables, accessed by police to find the owners of stolen goods Immobilise
A register for your bike, accessed by police to find the owners of stolen bikes Bikereg
The test house for security products Sold Secure
Crime statistics including cycle theft data
Provider of “get you home” insurance for cyclists” Lexham Insurance
Chris Carmichael https://trainright.com/cycling-group-ride-etiquette-skills/
General riding skills https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/knowledge/skills
Joining a group ride https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/how-take-part-group-ride
Leading a group ride https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/how-lead-ride
How to Time trial http://www.theraceoftruth.org.uk/