25 November 2009

Your Ass is Grass and I'm... Living Dangerously

Over at the Real Cycling blog, they're onto to something big and important. According to a BBC article 'Ride-on lawnmowers 'injure thousands every year''. 6,500 people a year are injured in the UK. 66,000 Americans have been injured over the past five years.

Real Cycling has a plan. They have a list of important steps to be taken and how the lawn-mowing community can learn from cycling. Here's a couple of their ideas:

- Get message out that mowing is dangerous. Promote use of helmet, reflective gear, pollen mask etc.
- Lobby councils to provide marked, separated mowing lanes in public parks.
- Avoid wearing cleats unless proficient.

Pop over to Real Cycling and read the rest of the list and add your own in the comments. Let's save some lives. One reader has suggested starting a Critical Grass. Get your ideas heard.
Swedish Bike Beauty
Treehugger has inspiration for the daredevils out there who dare to combine the fantastically dangerous activity of cycling with the death wish that is lawnmowing.

Copenhagenize.com has earlier issued an injury alert about the danger of owning a pet. Might be worth a re-read. For safety reasons, of course.

Thanks to Gerry for the link.


Trolly said...

According to XXXX over at xxx.com, over XX,000 people a year are injured xxxx-ing! Here's an idea: let's make them wear helmets! Like cyclists! Get it? HAHAHAHA!


calitexican said...

kinda like my favorite episode of mad men of all time. "a guy walks into an advertising agency"

quote: "That's life... one minute you're on top of the world, the next minute some secretary is running you over with a lawnmower." [Joan to Don in hospital waiting room]

portlandize.com said...

I just accidentally shaved a small bit of my thumb down to the muscle on the knob of my kitchen faucet, when I slipped and rubbed it really hard on the underside of the knob, which is slightly sharp. I'll be wearing leather gloves now whenever I touch it. Kitchen faucets are dangerous.

Klaus Mohn said...

Don't forget the NYT article yesterday about ATV's killing hundreds and injuring thousands every year. True, there's an ongoing regulation effort, but PEOPLE PUT 6-YEAR-OLDS ON THESE? Their OWN 6-year-old kids? And to do what, go where, exactly? Don't tell me riding my bike is dangerous when you're the dangerous and mindless one, America.

Step-Through said...

Here in the southeastern USA, a man was hit by a motorist while doing yard work. http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/latest/lat_703165.shtml?v=1958

Just a cyclist said...

Hey Trolly, this is the only subject that gets any interest from you on this blog. So why are you yawning?