Useful Links and Advice
Our right to be on the road
- one cyclist was killed on Britain’s roads for every thirty 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).
Trid and tested routes to the Club’s favourite pubs and cafes can be found under the Club Rides tab on our web page. The table contains routes as links to RideWithGPS. Many of the cafe locations are linked to a map in the grid reference column.
A map showing where people actually ride: Strava Heat Map
An interesting way of comparing modern and historic maps Know Your Place
A useful route plotting service Ridewithgps
A range of local cycle maps is available from ThinkTravel here
Roads and Highways
Gloucestershire’s Cycle Map showing planned and installed infrastructure
Gloucester City Problem reporting by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
See where road works are taking place
General issues (parking, streets, transport) in Gloucester City
- British Medical Association and Royal College of General Practitioners are against compulsory cycle helmets – overall benefits outweighed by negative effect on cycling
- Helmets are designed to protect from impact with motor vehicles.More than 90 per cent of serious injuries and fatalities involve impacts with 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).
An excellent source of further information is at helmets.org
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
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/
A reliable, if quirky, guide to a huge range of mechanical maintenance issues on cycles Sheldon Brown
How to fix a puncture (and don’t forget to put your chain n the smallest sprocket before removing the back wheel)