Are Helmets Just A Distraction From The Bigger Issue? | The GCN Show 308

Welcome to the GCN Show – this week we’re looking at whether helmets are just a distraction from what’s a bigger issue and we speak to a leading scientist on the matter. We also have new cycling shorts, a giant bike, literally a giant bike, and yet more new bike paths in the Netherlands.

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We, as cyclists need to do more to encourage non-cyclists out onto the road. According to the Transportation Research Record, which is the journal of the Transportation Research Board, there is a measurable disconnect between people’s perception of cycling safety, versus what we actually experience out on the open road. The disconnect is that people riding on the roads feel safer than someone watching on would imagine. Non-cyclists in general, think it’s scarier than it is. So, maybe it’s down to us to encourage others to take to the roads.

In other news, we heard that in the Netherlands – already a bit of a mecca for cycling commuters – the authorities are investing 245 million euros to improve cycling infrastructure. The Netherlands has stats that most countries only dream of, with bike mileage outstripping car mileage in most towns and cities, but nonetheless, they’re investing in 15 fast bike highways where traffic lights can be avoided, and improved bike parking at train stations.

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