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6 million journeys and no serious injuries

As London's 'Boris Bikes' bicycle rental scheme approaches its first anniversary of operation, its success has clearly proved the safeness of cycling even in some of the world's busiest urban traffic and confounded those who had predicted that a hire scheme without helmets would be suicidal.

In the first year there were 6 million journeys by nearly 1 million people. In making these journeys there were fewer than 100 casualties of any kind, none of which involved serious injury.

There have been some operational problems, largely due to the fact that there are only 6,000 bikes, a number which is due to grow. On the other hand, only 12 bikes were stolen.

Other rental schemes have also proved to be safe without helmets. In the first 20 months of Dublin's scheme, over 2 million rentals took place with no serious injuries.

Mon 11 Jul 2011

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