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What about severe injury vs. death

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I found this listing of cities inspire me to ask a lot of questions.

Does this include the popular bicycle rentals?
Any bike advocacy going on in these cities?
Any efforts on vehicle vs. bike rider education?
Many other Qs.


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Yes, why does that chart not show any California cities like the following reports?
Did anybody happen to notice the number of cities where the share of fatalities where cyclist was wearing a helmet was 0%?
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Recognize that most fatalities in urban areas are with various "issues" that most reading this web site do not have. Examples would be wrong-way riding, riding at night without lights or reflectors, and impaired riding. These folks are riding bikes because they have no alternative. They are not thinking about safety in the way folks commenting on these numbers are. The danger to experienced road riders is MUCH lower.
This may be true........partially. My observation is that stronger more competitive road riders seem to get in more accidents than more recreational riders. Note that I'm not talking about city commuters, but rather those of us who ride because we want to, not because we have to.
This is pretty much true of automobile drivers also.

Pushing the limit, no matter the tool, magnifies the probability of something going wrong.
Sadly, I have a friend who was a very strong and competitive rider. She has had two serious accidents in the last two years. She barely gets around with a walker now and it's doubtful she will ever ride again. Both accidents involved other riders and were clearly her fault.

Live to cycle another day.
Yeah, I had a guy take a wide turn onto the street I was riding and brush me with his side view mirror. I didn't go down, but rode the bike harder than I ever did, before or since, trying to catch him. Every time I caught up the traffic cleared or the light changed before I got my hands on him, until I finally lost him.

It's probably good I didn't catch him because he would probably have ended up in the hospital and me in jail. I seriously wanted to beat him into the ground with my bike. A nice DeRosa.
I wouldn't damage a nice DeRosa like that.
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