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July 16, 2012

Via Gotham Gazette:

Between October and December 2011, 26 pedestrians were injured in crashes with bicyclists; six bicyclists were injured in those incidents, according to DOT data from June obtained by Transportation Alternatives. In the same period of time, 4,336 bicyclists and pedestrians were injured by drivers. That means that, for every 356 injuries caused by car crashes, one pedestrian or bicyclist was injured in a bicycle-pedestrian crash.

But the DOT statistics also show the number of New York cyclists quadrupled over the last decade. During that time, the rate of risk to cyclists was down by 75 percent.

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2 Comments
  1. Jesse permalink
    July 16, 2012 3:19 pm

    I am waiting for the injuries per VMT rate. I’m sure once someone does this analysis, we’ll see what cyclists have long known (and what intuition supports): a bike is safer per mile traveled than a car. When this piece of data comes out my default response to “cyclists never follow the rules” will change from “no one follows the rules” to “so what?” I won’t be holding my breath for the Post to run the headline, however.

  2. July 16, 2012 10:57 pm

    I was intentionally kicked over by a pedestrian near Metrotech in November 2011, slightly injuring me, and torquing my front wheel that he kicked. Filed a Police Report, and when I asked what type of category this falls under, the NYPD report taker stated harassment/collision – cyclist/pedestrian. Just to say that these numbers do not always tell the whole tale.

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