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by Parent, Palo Alto High School,
on Feb 3, 2011
Wow! This video shows maybe 500 bicyclists, and only one, a little
girl, is wearing a helmet! Most were careening around, fast, some two on a bike, heedless and carefree! So are the Dutch just luckier? Anyone know the statistics of how many head injuries the Dutch
bicyclists average? Is this what the poster wants us to emulate?
The original poster did not explain his purpose. It may be he does not like spandex.
When car drivers are not constantly speeding around you and cutting you off, bicyclists have less incentive to wear helmets. I wonder what the car vs. bicycle crash rate is in Amsterdam compared to Palo Alto.
The point of the video was to show how a modern city is bicycle friendly.
Googled for a couple of minutes and the best I could come up with was this article on the safety of biking in Amsterdam
Not sure about the safety aspect of riding a bike while carrying an umbrella, but that isn't the point either.
Great vid. Inspiring. I also recommend we bring over some European best practices, as much as practicable.
better bike infrastructure sounds great until you start talking taxing gasoline to pay for it like they do in Europe. ;-)
Biking in Palo Alto is pretty good, I think. My kids and my wife and I all bike to school/work much of the time and find the infrastructure pretty amenable. I tend to think that most people don't have the option though - they live too far away from work. Also, how do the Amsterdam-ers handle groceries and such? Costco on a bike is kind of tough.
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