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Thinking of no longer riding on roads

Old 07-01-18, 05:30 AM
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https://www.healthiq.com/life-insura...search-cyclist

This is interesting....

I ride on public roads all the time, mostly out in the country where there is not a huge amount of traffic, but at least one car will whiz around me on two-lane roads at 40-60 mph almost every time I ride. I still believe the health and other benefits of cycling far outweigh the risks. I rode over 260 miles in June - but only because I ride out of my driveway and I'm rolling. If I had to put my bike on the rack and drive 30+ minutes to the MUP and then load it and come home every time I ride, I probably wouldn't get 100 miles in a month....
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Old 07-01-18, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Rje58 View Post
https://www.healthiq.com/life-insura...search-cyclist

This is interesting....

I ride on public roads all the time, mostly out in the country where there is not a huge amount of traffic, but at least one car will whiz around me on two-lane roads at 40-60 mph almost every time I ride. I still believe the health and other benefits of cycling far outweigh the risks. I rode over 260 miles in June - but only because I ride out of my driveway and I'm rolling. If I had to put my bike on the rack and drive 30+ minutes to the MUP and then load it and come home every time I ride, I probably wouldn't get 100 miles in a month....
I feel the same way. For me, cycling has become as much a mode of transportation for me as it is a form of exercise, and the fact that it is both is a huge bonus. If cycling were only the latter I might be inclined to not do it at all because of the risks. I've been a runner for many years, and running doesn't have any of the risks we talk about here that is associated with cycling.
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Old 07-01-18, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by LanghamP View Post
There's also mortality tables/actuaries that attempt to predict a person's demise by extrapolating how you will probably die by how people like you died in the past.

Pick up a life insurance questionaire; the questions are quite interesting. Bicycling presumably lowers your risk of heart disease while increasing the chances of a collision. That's why you always see life insurance companies offer differing payouts with the accidental death separated from illness death.

You'll also see weird questions like, "how often do you go to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned?" Surprisingly, just doing that adds 2-5 years to your life, because not having clean teeth results in a low-level whole body infection that damages your cardiovascular system.
So actuaries ought to know that the risk of mortality would be higher for a motorist than a cyclist simply because there are so much more motorists on the road killing each other. Annually the US sees 36,000 road fatalities. 2016 was a high at 37,000. 6000 were pedestrians and 840 were cyclists. The rest (81%) being motorists and their passengers including motorcycles.

I wouldn't be surprised if some of those motorist and passenger deaths were due to the driver suffering a heart attack behind the wheel.
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Old 07-01-18, 07:44 PM
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Old 07-02-18, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Gravel or mountain biking might give you a nice alternative.
Yup, I moved to mountain bikes because riding on the street is just too risky now with so many drivers being distracted.
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