Want to make your city safer for bicyclists? Perhaps you should think about asking for a public bike-share program.
Bike shares, such as the new system in New York City, improve accident rates for all bicyclists. What probably happens is that the increased numbers of bikers make motorists more aware of bikers, David Vlahov, the dean of nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, told the New York Times.
According to the Times, biking accounts for 800 deaths and more than 500,000 emergency room visits a year in the U.S. The vast majority of visits and deaths result from head injury.
A personal injury lawyer told the Times that most of his cases involved "dooring"—when a person in a car opens his door suddenly into a bike lane. In a demonstration of the effect more bikers are able to have on bicycle safety, drivers in the Netherlands, where many citizens bike in the cities, are trained to reach across their bodies and open their doors with their right hands. The move forces them to check for bikers behind them.
There's also a science to distracted biking—which is dangerous, just like distracted driving—and to the design of bike lanes. One scientist talked with the New York Times about studies that show that drivers unfairly give male bikers less room than female bikers.
I think big businesses should buy bikes and put them out for free. So if you take a bike to Macy's and go shopping for a couple hours, you go to leave the store and jump on another bike. It may not be the same bike you rode before, but there will always be another one there. Wouldn't be much bicycle theft since they would be readily available nearly anywhere in the city. Community bicycles. :)
I want to care but I am totally distracted by the enormity of that woman's ass. Dear lord that's a lucky bike.
Could we please have a few facts?
What are the changes in the accident rate?
Is the accident rate in the Netherlands markedly better?
This article is not very convincing
this is not holland or some other similar city... its a damn new york - it was never built to be a bycicle city.
The streets will ALWAYS be full of cars and careless drivers - unless they manage to create proper separate bicyle lanes.. .separated by steel posts - but there isnt room for that- so most of the people slalom inbetween cars on streets.
Well, counting the Netherlands with approximately 16.7 million inhabitants, the bike related accidents are pretty high.
78.000 cyclists are medically treated yearly as a result of a bike-related accident.
66.000 cyclists are treated at an ER.
8.100 cyclists have been admitted to the hospital after a bike-related accident.
190 people die after a accident whilst cycling.
It has been a lot worse in the past, but civilians decided something had to change on a national level, depicted in this video:
search on youtube for "how the dutch got their cycle paths"
what a farce. the bike share program is only a week old and they are claiming studies show biking accidents are down. "dooring" is a problem for bikes. As seen on columbus ave. when they started placing painted only bike lanes in. So to combat that the brainiac at DOT decided to move the bike lane against the curb and move the parking lane a whole lane away from the curb. The new set up gives the bicyclist a half lane as well as a half lane of no mans land just to avoid dooring. The result is car having mirrors ripped off while parked. traffic lanes down to 3 at the bare minimum allowed by law of 9 meters wide. delivery trucks double parked on both sides leaving only one lane for through traffic. And a false sense of security for pedestrians on those little island built by DOT just inches from frustrated drivers dodging obstacles in their squeezed roadway. Oh, and lets not forget the bus lane on the other side that the buses still dont use driving down the line of the two right lanes. What a piece of work these out of touch officials are.
Are those mini people growing out of the cyclist's asses? :)
Today's magic is tomorrow's technology.
Claiming that bike sharing makes things safer for cyclists is just junk science. For example, how many people actually ride bikes during the winter months in NYC when it snows? Or for that matter how many people cycle in downtown Fargo, ND during the winter months?
Or how about an injury-per-mile statistical comparison of bike travel versus car travel in sunny southern California? The injury rate per mile for cycling is likely several orders greater than for car travel. Based solely on this comparison, shouldn't society outlaw bikes as being far too dangerous for use on public roads?
@riff_raff I ride 200 miles per week, and can tell you I have had maybe one incident per 10000 miles. this is similar for peers of mine who ride the same distant. To blame the cyclist for an accident in which an automibile driver didn't see them, is a similar argument to blaming a person for being raped bc of what they were wearing it.
The short of it is, you drive a two ton vehicle, and you are responsible for driving it in a manner that is safe for all in the car and any environment in which you are driving it. "Not seeing them" should not be a valid excuse, as you should adjust your driving to the current conditions you encounter.
Who is that woman in this picture?? She is absolutely GORGEOUS!! What a body! That butt is absolutely perfect! Is she a professional model?