Says that Bicyclists are statistically at fault more of the time over drivers, but drivers are not far behind.
I hope that the following statement doesn't simply reinforce the self-righteousness of those who are compelled to always defend those behind the motor.
According to the Long Beach data about 45% of the bike related accidents in the city are caused by the bicyclist (35% are driver related and 20% undetermined).
An analysis of Long Beach traffic accident data since 2002 has revealed five leading causes that make up more than 80 percent of all automobile-bicycle incidents:"Bicyclists riding on the wrong side": it would be nice to see the geographical breakdown of these incidents. I see a ton riding on the wrong side on PCH in West Long Beach.
- Bicyclist riding on the wrong side of the road against oncoming traffic;
- Bicyclist making an unpredictable and hazardous move (e.g., darts in front of a moving vehicle);
- Bicyclist running a stop light or stop sign;
- Motorist running a stop light or stop sign; or
- Motorist making a right or left turn in front of a moving bicycle.
The fact that "making hazardous road moves" causes many accidents is unfortunate but not surprising; my philosophy is to make every move "expected" by drivers, which is why I love the 4th Street sign that says "Bikes May Use Full Lane."
But the accidents are not all at the feet of bicyclists.
There are a substantial amount of accidents actually caused by the driver:
"...over 40% of these accidents are categorized as either Auto Right-of-way violation or Pedestrian Right-of Way violation. In other words the driver pulled in front of the bicyclists (I’m implying here that when the report refers to pedestrian..they in fact are referring to the bicyclist).
Another 15% is related to improper turning. And finally 12% is related to running a stop light or stop sign.
The single biggest cause of driver caused accidents is making right turns and in the process cutting of the bicyclist.So far for me in Long Beach, I've experienced one incident on bike that was the fault of a driver: getting doored by a stopped pick-up on the driver's-side at an intersection on 4th Street. The driver stopped his car at an intersection, and unexpectedly threw his door open making me swerve left and crash on the road.
'Bike-friendly, eh?' I was thinking.
Nothing really happened to my body or bike. I didn't get hurt too badly. He did acknowledge it was his fault and asked if I was OK.
Now what we need is a comparison between Long Beach and LA and another biking hotbed to see how we match up.