The fact that people who cycle to work take less sick leave is just one of many interesting facts in a new Wikibook called Cyclebabble. In case you don’t know (I didn’t), Wikibooks are written by ‘The People’ – in this case the people who posted comments on the Guardian‘s cycling blog pages.
Just as with Wikipedia, the value of having so many people contribute is the vast range of experiences and ideas that you can tap into, including:
- Cyclists have 40% less risk of dying from diabetes, certain cancers etc. (life insurance companies take note)
- Why women cyclists are more likely to be killed than men (although cycling is actually safer than walking and gardening)
- Tips on how to avoid having your bike nicked (e.g. paint it a horrible colour) and tactics used by bike thieves, from an ex-thief
- The legal position of drunk cyclists
- The legal status of cycle lanes
- The great Red Light Debate
- The ‘shower in a bottle’
- Avoiding punctures, and imaginative repair ideas
- The world’s worst cycle lanes (www.gu.com/p/2cxn5)
Also (inevitably) lots of slagging off of the enemy (road users with four or more wheels). One of the more creative suggestions in the book is that cycling should be made a religion, so that abusing cyclists becomes illegal!
The blog/comment format makes it a very easy book to pick up and put down.
Every cyclist, road users especially, should read it.
Attention all cyclists – let’s try to get our own cycling top tips together. Please post a comment below with your no. 1 tip.