Spike in cycling accidents during Sydney lockdown as more people took to two wheels

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Public health expert urges city to maintain pedal-powered health benefits as benefits outweigh injury risk

Covid lockdowns spurred a new wave of cycling enthusiasm in Sydney, and with it, a spike in bike-related injuries, new data shows, but a public health expert says Australians “shouldn’t view cycling as a dangerous thing”.

Associate Prof Melody Ding of the University of Sydney’s school of public health said that “a combination of things” contributed to the 78% increase in bike-related injuries in New South Wales compared to 2020.

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