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Bike Report 1

Bike Report 1

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Bike Report 1
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Published by: Tim Elfrink on May 22, 2014
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WWW.BIKELEAGUE.ORG
MAY 2014
BICYCLIST SAFETY MUST BE A PRIORITY
 Findings from a year of fatality tracking — and the urgent need for better data
 
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 EVERY BICYCLIST COUNTS // LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS
CONTENT
» BACKGROUND 3» INTRODUCTION 4» FINDINGS 6» MOVING TOWARD PERFORMANCE MEASURES 14» CONCLUSION 17» RESOURCES 18
REPORT AUTHORS
KEN MCLEOD
is the League o American Bicyclists’ legal specialist, working predominantly with the Advocacy  Advance program, a partnership o the League and the  Alliance or Biking & Walking.
LIZ MURPHY
is the League o American Bicyclists’ communications manager.
 
WWW.BIKELEAGUE.ORG
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terrible string o atal bike crashes in the Tampa area in late 2011 and early 2012 let the local bike community reeling.  As they shared each awul tragedy with us, we too elt rustrated and powerless. We also realized how little we really knew about the circumstances o serious crashes between bikes and cars, and how woeully inadequate (and late) the available data was at the national level. For a 12-month period, we set about the grim task o tracking and documenting every atal traffic crash involving a bicyclist captured by relevant internet search terms. We also wanted to offer a place to remember the victims and raise the hope that their deaths would at least inorm efforts to prevent such tragedies in the uture. The result was the Every Bicyclist Counts initiative: everybicyclistcounts.org  We owe a huge debt o gratitude to Elizabeth Kiker or compiling much o this data and to the Ride o Silence and Ghost Bike programs that offer so much comort to the riends and amilies o bicyclists killed on the road -- and a vital outlet or the outrage elt by everyone that rides a bike when they hear o these needless deaths. Over the course o the project we documented 628 atal bike crashes, a high percentage o the official number o such atalities recorded by the authorities.  We wanted to explore how and why these crashes were happening, how they were reported, what was done as a result o the crashes, i blame was assigned, how the motorists were treated, and whether or not there were any consequences or their actions i they were deemed to be at ault in any way. The results are sobering, eye-opening, and critically helpul in inorming the current debate about the need or a non-motorized traffic saety perormance measure. We learned, or example, that a much higher percentage o atal crashes than expected were “hit rom behind” incidents -- that’s important to know or our education program. Not surprisingly, high-speed urban and subur-ban arterial streets with no provisions or bicyclists are over-represented locations -- that’s good inormation to share with our Bicycle Friendly Community partners. Overwhelmingly, however, we were struck by the lack o inormation, the lack o action, and the lack o a sense o outrage over these deaths, even in communi-ties where this kind o tragedy is relatively common.That’s critical to know as we work with Con-gress and the ederal agencies to specifically ocus on these atalities through a non-motorized saey peror-mance measure that significantly improves accountabil-ity and data collection processes or the uture. Otherwise, we will have to keep reporting a totally unacceptable and unnecessary death toll on our nation’s roadways.
 Andy Clarke President, League of American Bicyclists
BACKGROUND
The results are sobering, eye-opening, and critically helpful in informing the current debate about the need  for a non-motorized traffic safety performance measure.

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