Bike Safety Manual from the fifties shows how little things have changed

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credit: Bicycle Safety Manual

It's dark out there in the evening these days, and there is lots of talk about bike safety. In the UK, there is talk about making helmets and high-visibility clothing mandatory. There is the usual pushback from bike activists who plead for better, safer infrastructure and point to the Netherlands, where almost nobody wears helmets or high viz. They complain that cars are doing most of the squishing of cyclists and that this is just more victim blaming.

Coincidentally, Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing tweeted an image from an old Bicycle Safety Manual that we covered a few years ago under the title Even in the 1940s, If A Cyclist Got Killed They Blamed the Victim. Since our earlier coverage only had pieces of the manual, I thought it might be fun to look at the whole thing.

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