Friday, June 5, 2009

Chicken before the egg - safer riding with numbers

For years cycling advocates have said that cycling becomes safer when more people ride. Well, now we have data to back that statement up.

From 1998-2008, daily ridership in NYC slightly more than doubled (rising to 180k from 80k). In that same period the number of annual cycling casualties fell by nearly half from 5000 to 2700. The more people ride, the safer riding becomes for everyone. The average cyclist in NYC is now four times less likely to be injured while riding than they were ten years ago.

Think about this. Every person you convince to ride their bike as often as you, makes you four times as safe.

Put the word out, save some lives.

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1 comment:

Anthony Siracusa said...


Its like a positive feedback loop:

The more folks ride, the more visible cycling becomes. The more visible cycling becomes, the more facilities are likely to increase. The more facilities increase, the more folks will ride.