Yield To Life was created by David Zabriskie, who is not affiliated with this website. With a mission to create safe environments for cyclists, it requires a multi-pronged approach. Our roads have for the most part been built without cyclists in mind. You will see this more clearly after visiting the Netherlands. Their approach to the cyclists’ safety puts other nations to shame. As passionate cyclists, our mission remains the same. We stand resolutely in our aim to not only equip cyclists to ride safely but to also ensure that motorists are better equipped to safely share the roads with cyclists.
A Bit About David
David Zabriskie was born on the 12th of January 1979, in Salt Lake City, Utah. His professional cycling debut came in 1999 as a part of a Colorado Cyclist Team. Excellent performances in time trials afforded David opportunity to put on the U.S Postal service jersey as part of their team of riders in 2001.
Road safety is of utmost importance to David because he suffered an injury that led him to an early retirement. His left leg and wrist were severely damaged in a 2003 accident on the Mill Creek Canyon.
The severity of the injuries were such that David retired from professional cycling. It was not until a year later, after intensive rehabilitation that he would come out of retirement. Some of his achievements include:
- Won stage 11 of the Vueta a Espana (2004).
- Won stage 8 of Giro d’Italia (2005).
- Won stage 1 of Tour de France (2005).
- Runner up Amgen Tour of California (2006).
- Won US National Time Trial Championship (2007).
- Finished 12th at the Beijing Olympics (2008).
- Won National Road Championships (2009).
- Won Tour of Missouri (2009).
- Runner Up in the Tour of California (2009).
- Finished third Vuelta a Castilla y León (2009).
- Won Stage 6 of Individual Time Trials, Tour of Carlifonia (2011)
- Won the Time Trial, National Road Championships (2012)
David took his final retirement from professional cycling in 2013. He had been competing for 13 years.
Cyclists’ Safety By Numbers
Without context, the safety of cyclists on the roads is easily brushed aside. When you put some numbers to these things, it will start to make sense. There is an argument that there are a lot more vehicle accidents across the world than there are cycling ones. This explains why there are more fatalities for those travelling in cars than those on bicycles. However, what this may not take into account is how many of the cycling accidents are serious injuries or fatalities. When you compare that to those of vehicles, there is a clear vulnerability evident for cyclists.
The fact that cyclists are more physically exposed than those in vehicles explains this.
Between 2010 and 2014, cycling accidents accounted for 112 deaths, 3102 serious injuries, and 16029 slight injuries in the UK. The numbers have consistently been improving. From 320 deaths in 1979 to 99 deaths in 2018. A large contributing factor would be the improvements in road safety regulation for vehicles and of the roads themselves.[Gov]
Two of the most common causes of cycling accidents are:
- Motorists unsafely turning into the path of a cyclist.
- Motorists crossing the path of a cyclist.
The data shows that safer roads or driving practices protect all road users. This includes vehicle and bicycle users. Interestingly, over half of all fatalities involving cyclists take place on rural roads. What makes this amusing is that these roads only account for 31% of all cycling traffic. This means that there are other contributing factors coming into play on these roads. For instance, visibility is a key issue that may need to be addressed. There is also the fact that there tends to be much less vigilance in the enforcement of road safety regulations on rural roads.
There were at least 2 cyclists killed in a road accident every day in 2018 in the United States. The New York Times called it the “Deadliest Year for Pedestrians and Cyclists in the U.S. Since 1990.” While we have mentioned that there has been a lot of progress made in increasing this safety, there are things that have also changed in this period and pushed safety in the opposite direction. The increase in the use of electronic devices on the roads has contributed to road users being more distracted.
The most dangerous vehicles for cyclists are large ones. Not only do they expose cyclists to a larger physical force when crashing. In most cases, they make it increasingly difficult for drivers to notice cyclists on the roads. The protection that they provide to drivers may also give them less of an incentive to be careful. This, of course, is not a luxury that cyclists have.
Unlike the UK, the US sees most of the cyclist fatalities in urban areas. Close to 40% of these are influenced by alcohol consumption. [NHTSA].
In the Netherlands, cycling fatalities account for more than a third of all road accident fatalities. Part of the reason for this is the sheer number of bicycle users in the country, as well as how much disregard there often is for safety protocol that you would expect to be adhered to in the UK for instance. [BL]
We know that the gear that you use plays a significant role in keeping you safe in the event of an accident. It also plays a role in the prevention of said accidents. Having the right gear is often the difference between safely navigating through what could have been a dangerous situation and ending up injured. It can also be the difference between escaping an accident with some injuries and a fatality.
With this in mind our goal is to curate the best cycling gear and make the information available to our readers. This will cover every bit of your cycling gear. We will proactively consider ways that you can keep yourself safe on the road using the best gear.
Fortunately, getting the best gear does not always have to come down to purchasing the priciest one. Through testing and reviewing we will be able to unearth some forgotten gems and unsung heroes that you must know about. This is a platform for all cyclists. As such, your input of very important to us. We would love to hear from you. Have you come across an interesting piece of kit that we have yet to cover? Let us know about your experience with it.
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