As posted on the St John Ambulance website…
New cycling app launches today
Today we’re launching our new, free, first aid app for cyclists. This comes on the day the Department for Transport announces an increase of 2% in the number of all cycling casualties since 2012. While the overall number of people killed and seriously injured has come down by 10%, those slightly injured has risen by 3% – this is where first aid can be the difference.
With three million people now cycling three times a week or more, our ‘First Aid for Cyclists’ app aims to give every cyclist the skills to deal with the most common cycling injuries.
Our research found that on average, cyclists took the least amount of time to come to a cyclist’s aid compared to both pedestrians and motorists. We’re hoping our app will help to build the world’s largest first aid equipped cycling community.
Ashley Sweetland, National Cycle Response Unit Lead at St John Ambulance said:
‘Our unique, free app, launching today, is a new tool specifically aimed at equipping the increasing numbers of cyclists across the country with first aid skills and should be as essential as a puncture repair kit.
‘We know many cyclists have accidents on the road each year, sometimes resulting in serious injuries where first aid could have made a difference. As the nation’s leading first aid charity, we want to ensure that the UK’s cycling community is equipped with first aid knowledge, so that more cyclists can help where circumstances might need them.’
Improvising with equipment
Our app is full of first aid advice from our medically trained experts and Cycle Response unit, who use specially adapted mountain bikes to be the first on the scene at accidents. With tips on how to turn cycling equipment into first aid instruments, the app is a resource that all cyclists can have with them at all times.
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