As always Rob you have made this community stop and think how our actions can be affecting those closes to us (well it did for me anyway).
I am deeply saddened by the losses that have been felt this week. I too look forward to my commutes in and out of work too much to give it away. My commutes are well outside of the traffic that is felt by most people in this on-line community, but the possibility of injury is something that I am aware of, but stubbornly or selfishly I will continue to cycle. I was knocked off my bike almost two years ago and it took my wife (Non cyclist) and I a while to become comfortable with me commuting again.
Is it time for us to put on a reflective vest, and come together for as many high profile rides (Not Ctritical Mass style) as we can? Adelaide Lord Mayor would be a supporter; he had an article in the Sunday Mail today talking about making the city friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists.
As many people have said in other threads, their cycling keeps their life in balance. This is true for me as well. By the time I have ridden the 45 Min home work has been processed, and I can focus better on my family.
My condolences to those closest to these cyclists.
To summarise my too long post earlier - & risk of being killed on your bike in SA- about as likely, you will win the big weekly prize in cross lotto.
Both have many participants (Cycling, 25% of population - tho' most dont do very much).
Adelaide: 52 cross lotto winners a year, 1 a week
Adelaide, 4 cyclists killed a year, 1 every 3 months.
I dont want to make too much of this - the analogy is imperfect. Risk depends how much you ride (or how many tickets you buy). One outcome is good; the other disastrously bad. Any cycling death or injury, is one too many. But I hope a few of you find the post useful, to show how small the risk, actually is. It's not easy talking/writing about risk.