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Be seen, be safe

Be seen, be safe

As the days start to close in, it’s time to revisit the reflective wardrobe. A recent study shows that most of us aren’t being seen so we can be safe. Well, it shows that our South Australian comrades aren’t, but I know there are plenty of us all over the country who fall into the invisible category as well. The study focused on commuters, who in my experience are generally more visibility conscious than a lot … Read entire article »

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Helmet report is a headache

Helmet report is a headache

If all the research dollars that had been spent proving and disproving the effect of helmet laws on cycling rates and/ or injuries were spent of safer cycling infrastructure, we might have more kids on bikes. But that’s not the world we live in. A recent report into children’s injuries has found that although the mandatory helmet law is associated with a 13% reduction in head injuries for five- to 19-year-olds, it’s also associated with a … Read entire article »

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Volvo announces cyclist detector

Volvo announces cyclist detector

Although we don’t usually take a lot of interest in autoshows, who could resist the blurb from Volvo about their new cyclist detector? Doug Speck, Senior VP of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo, literally rolled out another Volvo world first in car safety yesterday when he arrived on stage at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show press conference riding a bicycle. He announced that Volvo will incorporate a scanner technology that detects and automatically brakes … Read entire article »

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Dooring on the rise

Dooring on the rise

Dooring – the dangerous and painful experience of being struck by a car door which suddenly opens in your path – is on the rise, and legislation will be debated in the Victorian parliament tomorrow (15 February) to triple the penalties on offending drivers. Greens MP Greg Barber originally introduced the Bill on 8 February which would increase the fine and introduce demerit points fo rhte offence, giving it the equivalent penalty of running a red … Read entire article »

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Headphones a risk for pedestrians

Headphones a risk for pedestrians

The number of US pedestrians who have been killed or badly injured while wearing headphones has tripled in six years, according to a study published on 16 January 2012 in Injury Prevention. it should be noted, however, that the figures are still relatively low – the annual tally rose from 16 in 2004 to 47 in 2011, bringing the total of cases to 116 over this period. The majority of victims were male (68%) and under … Read entire article »

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