Do stories of death and injury affect your attitude to cycling?
Here's my CV: I've been cycling for about 35 years or so, cycle toured in the UK, commuted in London, Newcastle, Denver and Eindhoven, mountain-biked, club cycled and generally ridden a fair bit non-competitively. Generally I consider myself fairly road savvy and during this time I've been fortunate not to have any crashes that were serious and none that involved other vehicles. As a comparison I've been involved in 3 collisions while driving (not at fault..) one of which wrote off a car and hospitalised me.
The risks of road riding have always been apparent but never really 'felt' dangerous or intruded on my enjoyment of riding, on the whole.
Recently though - maybe its partially age or having kids - the threat of injury has started to intrude more on my mind to the extent where I've asked myself 'do I really want to go for a ride today?'. For example, I read about the latest tragic deaths in London this morning and sat looking at my cycling kit for 10 minutes, wondering if maybe I might just drive to work instead today but eventually convinced myself no, this is not going to stop me and took the bike.
Road.cc is to be applauded for highlighting cycling casualties and the issues round safety but I sometimes I wish I could return to a state of wilful ignorance about what can happen out there. This is a great site for existing cyclists and I'm not suggesting it should change it's remit but I really can't imagine the content would encourage anyone to take it up as a hobby or transport.
I wondered how other riders felt about this. Do you feel better for being well informed of the risk? Has your attitude changed with age and experience?