Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bicycling and aging

A few days back, there was a report on the local newspaper's website that a 90-year-old cyclist was involved in an accident. Apparently he was riding against traffic, and collided with a car.

THAT is kinda scary! A 90-year-old guy is liable to break instead of bending. And - I've gotta think he hasn't been riding against traffic for 80-plus years, or he sure wouldn't've lasted so long. (I had a near-miss with a 20-something against-traffic dope on a bike just earlier today, on Glenwood. I sure wish he'd get a ticket and a talkin-to by the law enforcement people!)

Back to the topic...

Here's my question: "Do people quit riding bikes because they get old, or do they get old because they quit riding bikes?"


Mark said...

Here is one at 90 that is still racing. No kidding. Scroll way down past all the cool pictures.

Look at his bike, a back up oxygen system to boot.

Mark said...

Ooops I forgot to answer the question. Definitely the latter and not the former in my opinion. Like the saying goes, use it or lose it.

Clancy said...

Recent trends in fatalities and injuries among cyclist show cyclist aging.
Pedalcyclists Killed Average Age 31
Pedalcyclists Injured Average Age 24

Pedalcyclists Killed Average Age 40
Pedalcyclists Injured Average Age 30


Interesting facts in there about deaths related to alcohol to.