Never Trust DOT Stats on Bike Safety

According to the article below here, it says that the more we encourage people to ride bicycles, the more bike lanes there are and the more will die or be seriously injured even if the numbers of those killed or seriously injured declines per million excursions. And they suggest to promote riding the bus and other public transport, which are much safer.


You show the average number of deaths per year falling despite a dramatic increase in the number of cyclists as well as other favorable statistics, and quote the number of fatalities per million excursions. However, the DOT report shows the numbers of those killed or seriously injured comparing the five-year periods of 2006-10 with 2011-15 actually rose from 365 to 392, or 7.4 percent.


If pedestrian deaths rose by 34 percent, it would be considered catastrophic. A single pedestrian fatality in 40 years was enough for the DOT to declare an intersection in Sheepshead Bay dangerous enough to ban left turns for buses last year. Three pedestrian deaths a year on a long roadway such as Woodhaven Boulevard makes it one of the “most dangerous roadways” in the city. Three deaths aren’t dramatic enough; instead the DOT cites statistics over a 15-year period. So why do they not also show the number of bicycle fatalities over a 15-year period?

What do you think about this article? Should bike riding be discouraged? Should the government build lesser bike lanes to lessen injuries and deaths? Or should the government build protected bike lanes instead? Comment your thoughts.


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