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 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.