Lessons on Safety from Bike Shares

CapitalBikeshareWith over 35,000,000 bike share trips in the last several years in nearly 100 US cities, there have been zero bicycling fatalities, compared with an average of 21 deaths per 1,000,000 trips in the general population.  A recent study (pdf link)  sought to understand why bike share riders fare better.  The bottom line?  “Go slowly, carry a light, be cautious and aware of your surroundings, wear your helmet when you remember it, and, most crucially, advocate for more bicycle infrastructure and slower vehicle traffic.”  See either article for an exploration of these lessons and more.
CityLab article here and Vox News article here.

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.