An accident involving a bicyclist and the driver of a car has left the bicyclist killed and raised a number of questions about the wreck. The crash happened in the middle of the day as the 69-year-old bicyclist was riding in the designated bike lane. The 89-year-old driver of the motor vehicle struck the bicyclist while trying to merge onto the road. The 89-year-old stayed at the scene and police don't suspect any impairment.
Proposition 104 was passed last month in the city of Phoenix, and as a result, there will be more than 1,000 miles of new bike lanes in the city, in addition to some other transportation improvements. With this major expansion of bike lanes comes the inevitable boost to the biking population, and the biking community at large. More people will be biking as more bike lanes are added, and with the winter months ahead, temperatures will be more conducive to biking.
A second bicyclist has died from a collision with a motor vehicle in Arizona. The wreck, which occurred on State Route 95, involved two bicyclists and a Lincoln car. The driver of the Lincoln, a 31-year-old woman, was not charged with any criminal activity as no nefarious action or intoxicated or distracted driving was found. However, she was driving at a speed that was "unreasonable" to prevent a crash.
Though the following accident may not have occurred here in Arizona -- or even the United States -- it still serves as a cold and stark reminder that bike safety is not even close to where it should be. The wreck we are referencing occurred in Canada, and it involves an unknown vehicle and a bicycle.
When you see a fairly serious biker riding down the street with a helmet on, you probably assume that the person paid a lot for his or her gear. As a serious biker, they must know the value of having the best gear and equipment possible to keep them safe on the road. It's understandable to have this assumption, but what a new study posits is that the cost of your gear doesn't matter, at least when it comes to helmets.
Back in 2001, there were 732 fatalities in bike vs. motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Over the next decade, safety measures were implemented to help protect the biking community. And yet in 2012, there were 726 fatalities in bike vs. motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. It seems as though our advancements in safety protocols and laws haven't helped keep bikers safe on the road, and we're entering another period of questions as to how to keep our roads safe for those who want to ride their bikes.
A few weeks ago, a bike was struck by a car in Phoenix, Arizona. The collision was fatal, killing the bicyclist and leaving many people wondering what exactly happened during the wreck. Police have not said much in terms of the details of the wreck, but it appears that the person driving the car is cooperating with police. The 22-year-old bicyclist was taken to a hospital after the crash, but he was declared dead after arriving.
An accident between a car and a bicycle in Phoenix, Arizona left one person with serious injuries, and even though the police did not identify who suffered the injuries, it is a very safe bet that the individual who suffered this harm is the bicyclist. All that we know at this point is that the sedan that was involved in the wreck has front end damage (including a broken windshield) and that the bicycle was launched several feet from the site of the accident.
A city councilwoman made waves in Prescott, Arizona recently after she announced that she gave up bicycling when she moved to Prescott from Flagstaff. She did this, she says, because the major paved roads in Prescott -- which are the only way to get around, according to an official -- are simply too dangerous for bikers. She only rides on trails now.
A new study found that head injuries are the most common form of injuries to younger children. Car accidents and bike accidents featured prominently in the study. Researchers found that fewer than half the children who suffered a head injury in a car accident did not have a seatbelt on. In addition, fewer than 20 percent of children who were injured in a bike accident were wearing a helmet.