Our Duty to the Health and Safety of our Nation
At a time when cycling has never been as popular and people are using their bike to get to work at record levels, it is both sad and surprising that we don’t see a massive investment from both Government and Local Government into the roads infrastructure. Not only would this be far safer for cyclists, it would also reduce the confusion in the minds of motorists as to where they should and should not be driving.
Protected bike lanes should be at the heart of every Council’s road plans for very obvious reasons Of course they make cycling safer and will reduce considerably the accidents involving bikes, but they will also clarify the confusion in the minds of many motorists as to where exactly and when they can wander over on to cycle lanes i.e. Never!!!
There is also another more important reason why Governments, both Local and National should be encouraging safer cycling. Yes it’s greener, yes it reduces congestion on the roads but more importantly it produces far healthier individuals who need far less attention from an already overworked NHS and workers who take far less time off work for sickness reasons.
At a time when obesity is at an all time record, estimated to cost us all 45 billion pounds per year by 2020, the consequences of them being unable to work will add a further almost 40 billion added to this. Cases of diabetes, strokes and heart disease also cost the NHS alone 7 billion pounds. Surely we have a duty to convince all forms of decision makers to do all they can in order to encourage more people to bike 2 work?