With the ever-increasing number, size, speed and use of motor vehicles on our roads it is little surprise that both the road toll and the number of cycling injuries has increased.

However, last I checked, cycling in New Zealand was still safer than DIY and much safer than rugby.

Yes, there are risks, but European research suggests a minimum benefit-to-risk ratio for cycling of 13:1 – usually more like 25:1.

While we applaud and support all the cycling safety initiatives planned for Rotorua, it should be noted that propagating the idea that cycling is dangerous actually becomes self-fulfilling.

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