Cycling offers important health benefits and should be encouraged

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7106.490 (Published 23 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:490
  1. Mayer Hillman, Senior fellow emeritusa
  1. a Policy Studies Institute, London NW1 3SR

    Editor—Barry Pless and Ron Davis state that most cyclists' head injuries are not caused in accidents involving cars.1 This may be true when head injuries of all severities are considered together, but surely the focus should be on the severe ones. My analysis of five years of road casualty figures for Great Britain showed that 58% of cyclists who died did so after being hit by a car and a further 36% did so …

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