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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Biking: Safety in numbers


I love this graph, which shows bicycle casualties going down even as ridership goes up substantially.
 
 
I've always believed in the safety-in-numbers argument.  When drivers are expecting cyclists, all cyclists are safer.
 
A digression: I shouldn't mention the H***** word, but the "safety in numbers" argument is why I oppose mandatory helmet laws, even though I always wear a helmet.  Mandatory helmet laws seem to discourage cycling (there's decent evidence from Down Under on this).  Less cycling means that I'm less safe, helmet or no helmet.