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 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 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.