A statistics that won’t surprise many. The US and UK both have pitiful cycle rates compared to other European countries such as Holland, Denmark and Germany. A slight surprise Spain has such a low rate of cycling.
An almost inverse proportion. The US with the lowest rate of cycling has by far the worst cycling injury and fatality rate.
After 1950, the Netherlands (like all industrialised countries had a sharp decline in cycle rates as people took to the car. The difference was that Netherlands made a concerted effort to encourage cycling – (even if it meant discouraging cars). Their efforts in increasing bike use have been well rewarded. As cycle rates picked up, the fatality rate of cyclists fell dramatically.
Cycling is so much more safer in Netherlands that it is hardly surprising there is little enthusaism for wearing a helmet. Ask an American about wearing a helmet and usually they find it hard to imagine riding without one.
Cycling Utopia – People enjoying getting around by bike
Note: The statistics are taken from an authoritative report – Making Cycling Irresistable – Rutgers
I hope this doesn’t put people off cycling in the US and UK. Cycling is still relatively safe see: