“How Cycling can Save the World” by Peter Walker
A really good read and informative on the topic of what makes for safe cycling and safe bicycling conditions and the many benefits of encouraging more people to ride a bike. Benefits like improved physical and mental health, lower medical costs, economical, environmentally beneficial, happiness.
The author fills the pages with stories and facts to refute the common misconceptions about our favorite past time. For example, why do most people choose to not ride a bicycle? Answer: because it is not safe. But it can easily be proved that choosing a sedentary lifestyle watching hours of television daily or playing with our electronic devices is far less safe. “More people now die from eating too much vs too little” is a quote I jotted down. A full chapter worth reading on “Why People Hate Bikers”. More tribal and due to prejudice than I would have thought.
I’ve long known that many European countries have safer conditions for cycling than here at home but did not know that it was more recently brought about … October 14, 1971 when Simone Langenfofl, age 6, living in Helvoirt, The Netherlands, one of 450 children struck and killed by a motor vehicle that year caused her father to write a newspaper article “STOP DE KINDERMOORD” (stop child murders) which led to a national movement and the creation of a new road safety pressure group that changed everything.