SOURCE OF CRASH STATISTICS
May 20, 2004Back to questions
Thank you for your Safe
Bicycling booklets. Good job! I have been
handing them out to cycling seniors and made them available
on a trail where I am a bike patrol volunteer ranger.
In the booklet, at the beginning
of chapter 8, top of page 26, there is a statement: Bicyling
collisions happen almost three times as often on paths as
on streets. I frequently cite that to riders on the
trail while urging them to wear helmets, but did not know
of the three times factor. I have never before
seen it in writing. Can you please help me find the source
of that data?
reference comes from a couple of studies, but I usually cite Kaplan, Characteristics
of the Regular Adult Bicycle User, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
1976, Washington, DC.
The statistic takes into account conflicts with
other path users as well as conflicts with motorists at path/roadway intersections.
The latter seem to result in more serious injury.
For those interested in exploring the latter
further I recommend The Effect of Bicycle Accommodations on Bicycle/Motor
Vehicle Safety and Traffic Operations, FHWA, 1992.