Cycling per se isn’t any more dangerous than other kinds of road use. However, the specific risks encountered sometimes differ from those of other users. More importantly, real risks and appropriate countermeasures are not always in line with perceived risk and measurs taken by cyclists out of fear. A cyclist may feel threatened in situations that are rather harmless and fail to see risks in situations that are not. That’s all too human, but in order to be safe one needs to reduce real, not perceived risk.
Under the heading »How to Not Get Hit by Cars« BicycleSafe.com explains ten types of collisions that cyclists are commonly involved in, and explains how to avoid them. As far as I can tell (I’m a cyclist and a scientist but not a cycling scientist) all the scenarios and tips make sense and follow the general concept of vehicular cycling. Read these lessons, and teach them to your children.