Extract from a smashing article in the renowned British Medical Journal. It weighs up the health risks of cycling. Then compares this to the rarely-mentioned health risks of driving.
The inherent risks of road cycling are trivial. Of at least 3.5 million regular cyclists in Britain, only about 10 a year are killed in rider only accidents. This compares with about 350 people younger than 75 killed each year falling down steps or tripping.
[…] Even for cyclists on Britain’s roads, the health benefits exceed the risks by a factor of 20. […] The health benefits of cycling are so great – and the health injuries from driving so great – that not cycling is really dangerous. […] Millions will die early because they did not cycle.