People who enjoy cycling in California know that safety is a serious concern when sharing the roads with cars, pedestrians and other vehicles. The statistics show that cycling is inherently dangerous and carries with it a danger of fatality far greater than any other means of transportation. While bike trips account for only about 1% of all trips taken in the U.S., bicycle accident fatalities account for 2% of all traffic fatalities. So the dangers of cycling are very real and these figures illustrate the reasons why safety must come first when cycling.
People in San Diego may have heard about a gruesome accident that occurred at a La Mesa intersection last month. Police say a man on a bicycle was hit and run over by an armored car in the middle of a busy intersection. The victim was rushed to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he remained in critical condition.
People living in the San Diego area, especially those who frequently ride bikes or have friends or loved ones who do, should take note of the statistics. A recent report shows that California is the worst state in the country when it comes to bicycle deaths caused by collisions with other vehicles In California, from 2010 to 2012, 338 cyclists lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents. Across the U.S., there was an increase of 16 percent of bicycle accidents from 2010 to 2012. Bicycle fatalities accounted for 4 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state of California.
San Diego residents should be aware of a new law that has recent gone into effect, giving bikers added protections when they ride in traffic amongst other vehicles. The new law creates a buffer zone, which requires all motor vehicle traffic to stay at least three feet away from cyclists. Bicyclists in California who share the road with cars, trucks and other vehicles call it getting "buzzed" when a car gets too close to them. But this whimsical nickname underlies a very serious threat to cyclists that could cause them to get into a serious bicycle accident.
People in San Diego may have heard about a tragic traffic accident that left one cyclist facing life-threatening and life-altering injuries. The accident occurred earlier this month on Fiesta Island, a popular destination for cyclists due to the fact that many streets are one-way, and car traffic is relatively light. Unfortunately, this sense of security was shattered when a wrong-way driver, who is believed to have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash, slammed her vehicle into a large group of cyclists, injuring approximately 10 people in the crash.
People in San Diego may have heard about yet another tragic bike crash fatality. The most recent such accident occurred earlier this month in San Marcos on a Thursday morning, when a cement truck plowed over a 22-year-old cyclist at the busy intersection of S. Las Posas Road and Grand Avenue.
People in San Diego may have heard about the recent arrest of a 50-year-old man who seriously injured a cyclist in a car accident back in October of last year. According to police, the man was wanted for reckless driving causing serious injury, which is a felony under California law. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison.
People in the San Diego area may know about the Pedal the Cause charity bike ride, in which hundreds of cyclists participate at various locations around the country in order to raise funds for cancer research. The San Diego Pedal the Cause event, which took place last month, was a rousing success that attracted a large crowd of participants. Unfortunately, however, the event was marred when a bicyclist sustained serious injuries when she was hit by a pickup truck.
San Diego residents know that the sprawling Pacific Coast Highway can be a beautiful place for a scenic drive or bicycle ride. But when bikers and cars share the narrow and winding road, the results can be deadly.
People in San Diego may have heard about a California teenager who was recently charged with murder after hitting and killing a cyclist on a road in Dublin, east of San Francisco, last month. The teenager was charged with vehicular manslaughter after the bicycle accident, but once police discovered his chilling twitter posts, including phrases like "live fast die young," upped the charge to murder.