Spike in Cycle Accidents During Sydney Lockdown
Covid lockdowns spurred a new wave of cycling enthusiasm in Sydney, and with it, a spike in bike-related injuries. New data shows a 78% increase in bike-related injuries in New South Wales as compared to 2020. There are more people cycling than usual, there are new types of people that are cycling, and they are more prone to injuring themselves. However, its not all bad news, as the pedal-powered health benefits of cycling are still considered to outweigh the injury risk.
Children in particular need to take care while cycling, and they should wear a helmet, as research has determined that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 60 to 90%. Also, well designed and segregated cycle infrastructure will enhance road safety.
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