Evidently, it’s our fault.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, an analysis of San Diego bike crashes since 2011 shows cyclists at fault in nearly 60% of collisions.
Of course, those stats are based on police collision reports. And as the story notes, the results are subject to question.
Their accuracy depends largely on the individual officer’s knowledge and interpretation of bike law, ability to properly investigate bike collisions — especially when the injured cyclist is often unable to give his or her side of the story — and a lack of bias.
The simple fact is that few California police officers receive adequate, let alone in-depth, training in the rights and responsibilities of bike riders, as evidenced by the frequency with which riders are ticketed for things that aren’t actually illegal, such as riding in the traffic lane or two or more abreast.
And none are trained in the unique forensics of bicycle collisions, which differ dramatically from typical automobile crashes.
As for bias, with the exception of bike cops and officers who ride on their own time, most cops see the world from the same windshield perspective as other motorists.
All of which means that stats like this may provide support those who want to write bike riders off as law-breaking scofflaws.
But until we demand better bike training for traffic investigators — and police officers in general — they will have little basis in reality.
Not even zoo animals are safe from LA’s hit-and-run drivers, as a big horn sheep is killed after escaping its enclosure, and the jerk behind the wheel just keeps on driving.
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