Facts & Stats

 

In 2009, Americans took 4 billion trips by bicycle.

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How safe is bicycling? Cyclists suffered in an estimated 52,000 injuries in 2009; making your odds of returning home safely from any given ride nearly 77,000 to one; the chances of surviving any given ride were over 6.3 million to one in your favor.

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CA appellate court rules bicycles on sidewalk do not have to ride in direction of traffic, re: Spriesterback v. Holland, (2013) 13 S.O.S. 1789

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According to a 2011 study by Pucher, et all, 51% of all bike trips are for utilitarian purposes, rather than recreation or exercise.

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Dutch study shows a net economic benefit of 42¢ for every mile traveled by bike, and net loss of 20¢ for every mile traveled by car

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The Rule of Four explains why bigger vehicles cause the most damage to the streets, and should pay more to drive them. And why bicyclists shouldn’t.

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After New York City added 260 miles of bike lanes in 4 years, for a total of 500 miles, rate of bike commuting doubled while rate of cycling injuries remained level, and traffic collisions of all kinds went down.

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New York’s first protected bike lanes — the first in the US — reduced traffic-related injuries to all road users up to 58%, while increasing retail sales by as much as 49%.

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Game, set, match. British Columbia study shows bike lanes reduce injury rates by 50%, while protected bike lanes reduce injuries by 90%.

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You’re not imagining it. Drivers of expensive cars are more aggressive, less courteous and less likely to observe the law.

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The health benefits of bicycling more than outweigh the risks.

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In an Australian study of negative interactions between cyclists and motorists — including collisions and near collisions — cyclists were found to be riding in a safe and legal manner 89.9% of the time, and drivers at fault in 87%. And 83% of drivers showed no reaction afterwards.

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A 2009 British study found only 2% of bike riders involved serious collisions ran red lights or stop signs; wearing dark clothing at night was a factor in just 2.5% of collisions, and lack of lights after dark involved in 2%.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of six pedestrians are killed by bicycles each year.

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An average of 17% of bicycling fatalities result from Single-Bicycle Crashes — no car or other vehicle involved; as much as 95% of bicycling injuries result from SBCs.

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A British study shows cyclists are considered more intelligent, cooler and more generous than the average person.

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Bike-friendly Portland built its entire bicycling infrastructure network for the cost of a single mile of freeway.

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California motorists pay only 34.4% of the costs for the roads they drive on.

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