by Angie Schmitt, January 18 2013
New data from Minneapolis confirms: the more cyclists on the road, the safer they will be. Image: Twin City Sidewalks via the City of Minneapolis
Minneapolis’s public works department just completed a rigorous, long-term analysis of bike-car collisions, and they’ve released a trove of data.
Bill Lindeke at Network blog Twin City Sidewalks says it might be “as good a study of crash data as you’re ever likely to see in this country.” There were a number of interesting findings, many of which bolstered previous research.
For example, as shown in the chart above, a confirmation of the safety-in-numbers effect popularized by researcher Peter Jacobsen:
Here’s another takeaway from Lindeke:
If only every city had the wherewithal and the motivation to monitor cycling safety so closely. In the meanwhile, less-resourced cities can likely learn a thing from this study.
אם יש גן עדן: החוקים ששיפרו את חיינו
מחקרים: חוק הקסדה עלול לסכן רוכבי אופניים
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