Long Beach…Bike Friendly and the Safest Too
Brian Addison has done a great job of outlining the key elements of the Long Beach Share our Streets campaign in two articles; one in the Long Beach Post and the second in Streets Blog. If you have not seen the articles..in particular the one in Streets Blog we recommend you check them out.
Here is some of what Brian had to say…
The analysis of these crashes over the past 10 years by Bike Long Beach prove fascinating. According to the numbers, 45% of bike-related crashes are caused by error on behalf of the cyclist, with 35% due to a motorist, and the other 20% undetermined. And the vast majority of these crashes, somewhere around 80%, are due to five main causes:
- Cyclist riding on the wrong side of the road
- Cyclist partaking in unsafe maneuvers
- Cyclist running a stop light or stop sign
- Motorist running a stop light or stop sign
- Motorist making an unaware turn
The first and the last account for about 55% of all bicycle-related crashes. What makes the data more fascinating is the fact that, despite who was at fault, a driver was involved 40% of the time, mostly making a right hand turn.
To help curb these numbers and educate the masses, the “Share The Streets” campaign–a collaborative effort between Bike Long Beach, The City of Long Beach, Long Beach Transit, and Metro–has been launched. One can easily call one of the most comprehensive cycling safety programs initiated by a municipality.
Read more of Brian’s articles and of course check out the Share our Streets Campaign on the Bikelongbeach.org.
Brian…thanks for doing such a great job of covering the Long Beach bike program.