Monday, June 19, 2006

Crash Statistics to Die For

Crash Statistics to Die For

The number of annual bicycle miles traveled in the Netherlands and the US
are basically the same ...
USA - 6.2 Billion Miles
NL - 8 Billion Miles

....yet the fatalities for US cyclists is 4 times higher.
USA 2001 - 730
NL 1998 - 194

(Jacobson-Safety in Numbers and National Household Travel
, NHTSA FARS Database)

If you double the number of bicyclists you then each cyclist’s crash risk
is reduced by a third
(Jacobson - Safety in Numbers)

66 percent of all annual traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving

In NYC per mile driven, male drivers killed bicyclists at 10 times the rate
of female drivers. (Charles Komanoff - The Only Good Cyclist)

20% of drivers do not know that a pedestrian has the right of way at a
marked or unmarked crosswalk. (GMAC National Drivers Test)

The urbanized Northeast and Mid Atlantic achieved the lowest scores on a
sample drivers test(GMAC National Drivers Test)

A pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle at:
20 mph has a 5% chance of being killed
30 mph has a 40% chance of being killed
40 mph has a 85% chance of being killed
(U.K. Department of Transport)

Do you think we have a problem here?