At last Wednesday's Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting in Tampa, there was a presentation about bike accidents. Ken Sturrock of the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club was in attendance and offered some of the highlights. By the way, for the full report, go to the SHBC web site at www.seminoleheightsbicycleclub.com and click on bicycle/pedestrian powerpoint at the bottom of the home page.
Ken says that even though the data in the presentation is REPORTED data, it's still estimated to cover about 1/3rd of bicycle accidents - the most severe ones that got a police report.
Among the important things to note are:
-- There is a HUGE spike in crashes among the 1 to 19 population (which
relates to the population that often rides) and they would be an obvious
education target group.
-- The vast majority of crashes occur at intersections and driveways and
occur with a forward moving bicycle and a car turning right or also
going straight - however, the data doesn't depict directionality of
traffic flow but indicates that automobiles passing cyclists is not a
major cause of accidents in Hillsborough.
-- It also indicates that a major porportion of fatalities (which still
relies on a statistically very small set) are related to riding at night.
-- The presentation also shows that intoxicating agents still play a role
in accidents on bicycles.