Lawnmowers injure 6,500 people every year in Britain, according to an article today on the BBC website. So what can the lawnmowing community learn from cyclists? Here's the Real Cycling guide to safe mowing.
• Get message out that mowing is dangerous. Promote use of helmet, reflective gear, pollen mask etc • Lobby councils to provide marked, separated mowing lanes in public parks • Avoid wearing cleats unless proficient • Give clear hand signals to other lawn users, especially grandchildren playing football • Set up London Lawnmowing Campaign to raise awareness and improve standard of grass surfaces • Beware of mower-couriers, who often take more risks • Stay united - resist factional splits into scythe users, push-mowers, ride-ons, tourers etc • Write blog with amusing daily reports of mowing experiences