Some people make their own assumptions while others try to figure out by googling where you mostly get "Manipulated Answers about Cycling".
Risk ! SERIOUSLY? This article didn't stop there, it further went on saying "cycling has today become one of the most dangerous vehicles in India and has put its riders to great risk"
IT's NOT TRUE It's a manipulated article which doesn't give any facts to support its claim.
As per the report, Total No of road accident in 2016 were 4,80,652. Out of which 29.4 % happened on 2 wheelers. Now when it comes to cycling, most people portray the number of two wheeler accident as cycle accident without verifying the details. And then they start promoting cars and motorcycle for a safe commute. But you will be shocked to know that cycle accidents accounted for less than 0.9 percent of total number of accidents in India.
We indeed admit that bicycle riding in other countries is much safer with better infrastructure for cycling. India will definitely need a lot of time to build such infrastructure and it will take further time if we don't start creating awareness and promote cycling for daily commute.
Imagine why would government prefer to build a cycle lane when everyone wants to go to office in car?
You can see from above data that (take only first and last row), under other object catagories (page 74 of report), out of all the accident happened in 2016. 17,835 accidents happened because of cyclist, rikshaw driver and also because of other objects like tree. A little further drill gives more idea about the reasons for accidents. As per page 91 of the report, more than 50% of total people who had accidents including car bus truck cycle and everything are uneducated. It can be safely assumed that uneducated people are usually less aware of the traffic rules. If you have traveled on road across india , you will realise people in rural area usually don't care to follow traffic rules. Crossing highways in running traffic to riding 3 people on one motorcycle at very high speed without any safety helmet . In such situations, an accident could easily take someone's life. So its not only the infrastructure which is responsible for accidents across India, its also the education about following traffic rules .
1) Wear helmet :- if you are riding on heavy traffic roads or highways 2) Always follow traffic rules :- Does not matter if you are riding a cycle , you still need to follow traffic rules in India as a lot of accidents happen (page 66-67 from report). A lot of accidents happen on traffic lights and signal where people just don't care to wait for few minutes and are in hurry
3) Wear reflective vests :- these are a great way to stand out from the crowd in traffic. Research has shown that riders wearing reflective jackets not only in dark but curing day time also, keeps riders safe. While riding in dark, reflective jackets are a must. They are simply as important as helmets.
4) Safety Night Lights :- Riding in dark is really scary in city traffic. But safety night lights make sure that riders are visible from far off, and speeding cars / bikes can stay away from bikes. A paltry sum of 200 bucks can ensure your safety on the road.
If riders take some basic safety precautions, riding a cycle is pretty safe in India. And by far the healthiest.