While I'm certainly in favor of more and better bike parking, I also can't help suspecting that the people who claim they don't ride their bikes to work because there's nowhere to park them are the same kinds of people who say they'll quit smoking when cigarettes reach $[insert number here] a pack: in other words, they're not looking for reasons to do it; they're looking for excuses not to do it.
Part of the problem with this is that, like car stereo equipment, buying cheap makes you part of the problem.
Remarkably enough, the fact that a $50 automobile will be a pain in the ass and more trouble than it is worth does not keep people from learning to drive and taking on a lifestyle of daily driving. The issues are culture and convenience. If it is seen as a normal and reasonable thing to bike to and fro, and it is convenient and reasonably safe to do so, people will get bikes and take up biking.
the majority of cycling deaths occur to the minority who are not following such simple safety procedures as riding with the traffic, stopping for traffic lights and stop signs, and using lights at night. Then, when looking at injuries, we find that the serious injuries are only a small part of the total, and that the amount of time between injuries is great. Again, the number of injuries can be reduced by being careful.
Putting all this together, a person who chooses a bicycle over an automobile for daily travel and who obeys the traffic laws and uses care at all times will experience greatly improved health and a greatly reduced risk of death as a result. Thus rather than being dangerous, cycling greatly reduces major health risks.
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