Resources and Support
“Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.”
Never believe or accept you are on your own when dealing or confronting the effects and aftermath of an bicycle crash, road violence and related issues.
On this page you will find a collection of diverse resources from government organisations, cycling and advocacy groups and personal blogs that can assist you. If you have additional links and information, please contact us and we’ll add them here.
Cycling Injuries and Recovery
Cycling News: Fitness Features
Cyclingnews.com’s section devoted to fitness and riding technique. In this section we’ll cover training, position, bike set-up, injury prevention and cure and everything else that affects your ability to ride further, faster and stronger.
Canberra Cycling Club: Instructions for managing abrasions / road rash wounds
Pez Cycling News Toolbox:
Leon Brooks blog: Perth Penguinista
A Perth linux advocate who survived a serious bike incident, read of his ordeal and tales of recovery here.
Mark Michaelis’ Weblog (US)
A personal look at recovery from a bicycle incident. It has now been one month since my bicycle accident. I would like to say everything is back to normal but there are a few hitches.
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute: Crashes: The Other Side
Summary: Our crash page is all about bike helmets that work. But we get other stories as well, about people crashing without helmets, or people whose helmets did not work, or people crashing on wheels other than bicycles. This page is devoted to those stories.
Ken Kifer: My Fall – The Story of a Bicycling Injury and Recovery
I would like to express my gratitude to my sister, my brother and his wife, my close friend, and the doctors and nurses who helped me through this crisis. On March 15, 2002, while riding my bike in the early afternoon, I suffered the worst fall of my life. I thought it would be honest and straight-forward for me to tell about my fall and how I recovered from it.
Dealing with Road Rage
From Wikipedia: Road rage Road rage, also called intermittent explosive disorder, is a term used to refer to violent incidents caused by stress caused by accidents or incidents on roadways. It is often a natural extension of aggressive driving.
Bicycle Insitute of South Australia: Dealing with Road Rage
Road rage, in which one road user aggressively injures another, is extremely rare. Injuries due to other causes are much, much commoner. Road Abuse, which is where cyclists experience abuse or rude behaviour but not injury, is more common. It’s unpleasant, but very very seldom escalates to road rage. Nevertheless, we need to know good ways to handle Road Abuse.
Bicycle Victoria: Harassment and road rage
It can be a frightening experience to be harassed while riding your bike. Most bike riders are shaken and angry after an incident but feel powerless to do anything about it. Depending on the exact nature of the behaviour there are a number of steps you can take.
Dealing with road rage (UK)
As we all hear in the media, we are leading busier lives, working longer and harder. As a result we are inevitably becoming less patient on road journeys. This often means taking more risks, driving too fast and generally failing to behave on the road! Road Rage is a term given to a psychological state people encounter whilst driving. Although it has only been heard of in recent years Road Rage has been in existence more or less since the car was invented.
Counseling and Community Support
Road Trauma Support Team Victoria
The Road Trauma Support Team was first established in Launceston, Tasmania in 1989 by Colleen Hall who had lost 7 members of her family in road fatalities. Colleen Hall recognised that people involved in road collisions frequently experienced physical, emotional and psychological trauma which may be relieved through counselling, information and support.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is an independent, not for profit organisation which opened in January 1996 and is the largest provider of grief and bereavement education in Australia.
Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
The ACPMH offers a unique blend of scientific and clinical knowledge to provide the best possible outcomes in post traumatic mental health.
Conflict Resolution Network (NSW)
Our vision is to create conflict-resolving community in a culture of peace and social justice. Conflict Resolution builds stronger and more cohesive organisations and more rewarding relationships. So we make Conflict Resolution skills, strategies and attitudes more readily and universally accessible. Most CRN material can be freely reproduced provided our copyright notice appears on each page.
Compassionate Friends Victoria
The Compassionate Friends Victoria Inc. is part of a world-wide organisation offering friendship and understanding to families following the death of a son or daughter, brother or sister. TCF offers support in the grief and trauma which follows the death of a child at any age and from any cause.
Crime Victims Support Association
Effective Courtroom Performances for Witnesses in Criminal Trials. We believe that people who have in some cases lost a love one to homicide, culpable driving or violence,and, or who have been extremely traumatized by crime of violence or witnessed such acts,need to have a good idea on what confronts them when they are called up as witness for the crown.
Emotional Stages of Recovery (US)
This information relates to those recovering from brain injuries, but is important information for anyone recuperating from a injury or serious incident… We are all different. We all have different family situations, different jobs, different strengths, and different weaknesses. Despite all these differences, there are a number of very common emotional stages that people with a head injury go through. This is based upon my own experience treating patients, but many investigators note similar findings.
Lifeline, where care overcomes time and distance. Lifeline was founded in 1963 by the late Reverend Dr Sir Alan Walker as a telephone crisis service of the Methodist Central Mission in Sydney. Lifeline in Australia comprises 42 Lifeline Centres with local governance, providing services from 59 locations. Centre staff and volunteers, who provide these services, are accountable to their owners.
Managing Traumatic Stress
Tips for recovering from disasters and other traumatic events.
University of Melb: Trauma and Resilience Research Unit
The Trauma and Resilience Research Unit is established to coordinate research activities around trauma and resilience, contribute to the published literature on trauma, grief and resilience issues. Bring together a community of researchers and practitioners interested in trauma and resilience issues.
And putting things into perspective…
Florida Bicycle.org: Freedom from Fear
By Mighk Wilson
Undoubtedly, one of the most common deterrents to bicycling is fear. Fear of motorists. Notice I said “motorists,” not “cars” or “traffic.” When people talk about bike safety, especially those who are afraid to bike on the roads, they aren’t much concerned about potholes or dogs or sand on the corner or their ability to control the bike. They fear the motorist they can’t see and who supposedly can’t see them. This fear is based on the belief that a significant number of motorists are likely to hit bicyclists while overtaking them. Does it happen? Yes. Is it common? Not at all.
Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition: Bicycle Crash Statistics (US)
Improving bicycle safety means reducing the number and severity of injuries related to bicycling. It may seem that not bicycling is safer than bicycling, but this might not be so. Those who bicycle frequently enjoy better than average health. Therefore from a broader perspective, including the effect of regular exercise on disease, more bicycling has the potential to improve both individual and public health. The Surgeon General has declared that lack of exercise is dangerous to your health. This potential to improve overall public health can only be realized if the injury and fatality rate can be reduced.
Welcome to the Traffic Life Website. This is the companion website for the anthology. Traffic Life: Passionate Tales and Exit Strategies. Edited by Stephan Wehner, this book contains short stories, poems, cartoons and lots of other art, all about the problems of traffic and cars plus alternatives.