Saturday, December 1, 2007

Reasons for Wrecks

This was posted on the Hammer Nutrition Message Board - thought it was interesting enough to share. Please stay safe out there.

"Reasons for Wrecks
Bob Mionske is a two-time U.S. Olympic cycling team member (4th in the
1988 road race) who now specializes in bicycle law in Portland, Oregon.
He writes the "Legally Speaking" column for, has a book called
"Bicycling and the Law," and runs a website at In short,
he's an expert on cyclists' rights and how laws affect them.

His legal work also makes Mionske, 45, savvy about crashes.
According to his research, there are about 500,000
cycling accidents each year that
result in an emergency room visit. Here's how they happen (numbers
are rounded):

---59% involve no object or other person
---14% involve a fixed object
---11% involve a moving motor vehicle
---9% involve another bicycle
---3% involve an animal
---3% involve a pedestrian
---1% involve a stationary motor vehicle
---1% other

Considering only accidents involving a
moving motor vehicle (11%), here's where they happen:

---45% in an intersection
---25% entering a roadway
---14% riding with flow of traffic
---8% riding against traffic
---9% other

The lessons are obvious: Never
stop working on your bike-handling skills, and be extra cautious where there
can be cross traffic -- in intersections or when riding onto busier roads"

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