Prudential bike ride sees olympic athlete injured

Last weekend saw an estimated 20,000 cyclists take to the road for the annual Prudential Bike Ride in London, an event celebrated as “one of the greatest cycling events in the world”. However, the event didn’t go without it’s injuries.

Last weekend saw an estimated 20,000 cyclists take to the road for the annual Prudential Bike Ride in London, an event celebrated as “one of the greatest cycling events in the world”. However, the event didn’t go without it’s injuries.

Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell suffered a broken collarbone during the weekend and will have to see a specialist to determine when she will be back on her bike. The 24-year-old, medal-winning athlete crashed towards the end of the women’s Grand Prix criterium race near St James’ Park on the Saturday, falling over her handle bars and landing on her neck and shoulders.

 

It is events like this which demonstrate how cycling, although a wonderful, cheap and eco-friendly, can still be dangerous. In cities like London, a combination of overcrowded lanes, poor road design and reckless behaviour has turned the event into something of a high-stakes lottery, thus prone to accidents and injuries.

 

A huge amount of people die on British roads every year and just In the past month , three cyclists have died on the streets of London. The long-term solution, as practiced by other European cities, lies in better road design, lane segregation and the of safety procedures. Until then, cyclists must simply be careful.

 

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