Icy roads responsible for a quarter of cycling injuries in Bristol
Cyclists in Bristol are being urged to take caution on the icy roads after it was discovered ice was responsible for more than a quarter of cycling injuries.
Research by NHS Bristol, Cycling City and the West of England Road Safety Partnership found that 26 per cent of all non-collision cycling incidents were caused by slipping on ice.
Their results from commuter cyclists found that slipping on the road was the second-highest cause of incidents (eight per cent) followed by slipping on soil, mud or gravel (seven per cent).
NHS Bristol said the avoidable incidents cost the health service millions of pounds a year in hospital admissions.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
In England, the team estimate that slipping on ice is responsible for more than 1,600 emergency department admissions alone.
Rob Benington, NHS Bristol's falls prevention manager and author of the report said: "We want more people to cycle more often, and reducing hazards makes cycling more enjoyable and safer. Ice is a significant hazard that some cyclists may underestimate, or feel forced to face because they have not looked into other options.
"The research clearly shows that cyclists are at-risk when the roads are icy – often from hidden dangers like black ice.
"We suggest that cyclists take some time to consider alternative methods of transport like public transport of car sharing during freezing weather. It's better to arrive safe so we can continue to enjoy cycling when the weather improves."