20-year study in New York sees huge decline in fatalities and injuries and cycling numbers rise
The more people that ride bikes, the safer that riding a bike becomes: that’s the finding of a new study looking at cycling in New York City over a 20-year period.
The study, which was carried out by the New York Department of Transport, found levels of cycling fatalities and injuries falling as the number of cyclists on the city’s streets increased, with the safety improvement being particularly stark on roads with cycling facilities and areas covered by the city’s bike-share scheme.
This “safety in numbers” effect was particularly noticeable in certain areas where the city’s authorities had invested in cycling.
For example, the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured declined by 17 per cent in just one year in areas covered by the city’s Citi Bike bike-share scheme, despite a large increase in the number of trips made.