Massive congratulations to Bradley Wiggins for being the first Briton to win the Tour De France, a remarkable achievement that I expect may even eclipse our athletes’ accomplishments on home turf come the Olympics.
Wiggo’s exploits in France will further stimulate the recent cycling craze that has taken the nation by storm in recent years. Whether it be due to people feeling the recession or an increasingly health conscious population, many of us are swapping two wheels for four.
The Financial Times recently reported on the massive boom in bicycle usage in the capital, reporting that usage had increased by 81% since 2010. Bristol was recently elected as Britain’s first Cycling City, its impressive lanes and cycle-parking spaces the benchmark for other towns and cities trying to make life easier for their cyclists.
Here at Express Solicitors, we’ve installed bike racks and shower facilities for staff who wish to commute by bike. However, it’s important that as we encourage and celebrate the growth of cycling, government also plays its part by investing in cycle lanes and other facilities that help make cycling safer.
Let’s not forget that in 2010, 111 cyclists lost their lives in road traffic accidents and a further 2,660 were seriously injured.
Countries with large cycling populations, such as The Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, are much safer places to cycle as mass uptake spurs government into investing. The normalisation of cycling also improves relationships between cyclists and car drivers, resulting in fewer accidents.
If Bradley Wiggins Tour win accelerates the cycling craze, he can be just as proud of a safe cycling legacy as he can of his Tour De France performance.
If you have been injured in a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault, please contact us today to discuss your claim free of charge with a specialist Road Traffic Accident Solicitor.