Linus Bike Responds to Study Seeking a Reduction in Bike Crashes

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Linus Bike responds to an article analyzing patterns in bicycle and driver accidents in effort to propose measures to reduce accidents.

On February 21, Linus Bike responds to an article analyzing patterns in bicycle and driver accidents in effort to propose measures to reduce city bike accidents.

Eric Jaffe’s article in The Atlantic Cities outlines a longitudinal study conducted in Minneapolis that spanned ten years. The article states that Minneapolis is making progress toward becoming more cycling-friendly. The city's “latest master bicycling plan” is calling for a reduction in cycling accidents among their goals.

Improving the city’s infrastructure to facilitate bike riding is reported as a significant means to improving rider safety. The study notes that accidents between bicyclists and motorists are nearly evenly split. The article claims that a lack of awareness or failure to yield to appropriate traffic protocols played a considerable role in accidents. However, graphic analysis of the study’s data supports an undetermined reason for accidents.

Acknowledging the shortcomings of both motorist and cyclist practices, the article points out that the pervading mindset for transportation tends to favor motor vehicles. As such, the article states that improvements to the city’s bike network are needed, along with driver education programs designed to increase drivers' cyclist awareness.

The study reports that, predictably, car-bike accidents are much more likely to result in injury to the cyclist than to the vehicle drivers. The study indicates that an increase in the number of cyclists corresponds to an increase in cyclist safety.

Jason Latty, Sales Manager for Linus Bike, responds to Minneapolis’ efforts to improve cycling safety. “In virtually all urban centers it is easy to picture busy streets and roads, with cars dominating the scene. While finding the causes of accidents is important in preventing future incidents, it’s important to remember that the core differences between cars and bikes may need a corresponding change in street design as the number of cyclists on the road increases.” Believing that the number of cyclists would explode if cities afforded cyclists a feeling of safety, Latty suggests that fairly accomodating both modes of transportation in a “share the road” approach is a critical consideration.”

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for those who have a fondness for European style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.

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