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CU Denver study shows more bicyclists on road means fewer collisions
Study examines bike vs vehicle accidents in Boulder
DENVER (June 24, 2014) - The study focused on Boulder, Colorado, which has one of the highest rates of bicycling in the country at about 12 percent of the population. That makes it one of the few U.S. cities with enough bicycling to achieve the safety benefits already documented by researchers in Europe, said study co-author Wesley Marshall, PhD, PE, assistant professor of civil engineering at CU Denver’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.

http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/Engineering/Pages/Engineering...

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 1 year ago
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stumps [3187 posts] 1 year ago
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Personally i think drivers who ride bikes make the roads safer as they know first hand what its like to be on a bike whilst cars pass by.

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 1 year ago
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stumps wrote:

Personally i think drivers who ride bikes make the roads safer as they know first hand what its like to be on a bike whilst cars pass by.

They're probably also less likely to drive like utter twunts and tailgate or drive too fast for the conditions. I haven't seen a study comparing the rate of crashes for cyclists and motorcyclists when they're driving cars with the car drivers who only drive cars but I'd assume the incident rate to be lower. A good topic for a PhD study probably.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 1 year ago
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stumps wrote:

Personally i think drivers who ride bikes make the roads safer as they know first hand what its like to be on a bike whilst cars pass by.

This. I'd be mortified if I was responsible for some of the craziness that I see when on my bike.