Urban Velo

Cycling—It’s Safer Than Living!

Activity Fatalities*
Skydiving 128.7
On-road motorcycling 8.8
Scuba diving 2.0
Living (all causes of death) 1.5
Snowmobiling 0.9
Passenger cars 0.5
Water skiing 0.3
Bicycling 0.3
Flying (scheduled domestic airlines) 0.2
Passenger car post-collision fire 0.0

*Per million hours of activity.

From Charles R. Murray, "The Real Story: Overdesign Prevents Cars from Exploding," Design News, October 4, 1993.

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One Comment

  1. JoeNovember 15, 2007 at 10:36 am

    Perfect! My dad was just giving me a hard time about the safety of biking in Boston at night, but he’s a sucker for this kind of argument.

    For a whole bunch more info on where this comes from & what it might mean, see http://gristmill.grist.org/print/2007/10/8/143547/109

    (of course, we’ve been arguing about this stuff for 15+ years, so this will not be the last word)

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