How risky is it to take the bike out for a ride? As with most activities, it’s fairly well known how many injuries and fatalities occur in a given year, but out of how many cyclists? This estimate based on bicycle sales of 87 million seems a little high to me, but lets go with it. I’ll use statistics from 2002, 662 cyclists killed and 48,000 injured. Crunch the numbers to the 0 to 10 risk scale and you get
|Risk of Injury||Risk of Death|
Now you can come up with endless flaws and doubts about this result, but it’s good enough for me. I believe that riding a bike is probably just that: less risky than getting into a car.