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 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.
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.