City: 1/5 of Killed Cyclists Were Drinking; Few Helmeted Riders Die
Shady too is the talking point that 94 percent of fatal bike accidents "involved poor driving or bicycle riding practices." That's like saying that 94 percent of stabbings involved some sort of aggression on the part of one or more parties -- particularly when you read the Examiner's follow-up that "Policies that discourage distracted driving -- regulating cell phone and blackberry use, for example -- are important." How often do you see a cyclist talking on the phone while he rides?
More significant to us is the finding that only three percent of cyclists involved in fatal accidents were wearing helmets. Those awkward, easily-eschewed suckers really do their jobs, it seems. It's also interesting to learn that only six percent of city traffic fatalities between 1996 and 2005 involved bikers, that New York is only a hair above the national bike-death rate, and that females have a much lower bike death rate than males (4.5 vs. 0.3) -- which makes sense when you see the spandex guys roaring "RIGHT! YOUR RIGHT!" on the West Side bike path. Photo (cc) cochon.name.