Friday, August 13, 2010

Two wrongs

Every time a cycle story hits the news there is a little war that rages in the comment section.
Bikers run stop signs, stop lights, go against traffic, my taxes pay for the road... you know the list.
Well kids, cars run stop signs and stop lights and they cause one helluva lot of damage when they do.  In fact cars kill 3,300 people a day around the world.  That's 1.2 million a year.
Of the top 25 causes numbers 6 and 7 are running red lights and running stop signs.
No. 1 is distracted driving, 2 is speeding.

So we have millions and millions of people in 2 to 4 ton missiles who break the missile's guidance system by doing stupid things like talking on the phone.   They are the number one reason that 3,300 people die a day.
The no. 12 reason is wrong-way driving.  That's right, enough cars go down roads the wrong way and kill people to be no 12 on the list.
There are over 6 million car accidents in the US every year.  That's roughly 16,500 a day.  They account for 55% of spinal injuries in the US.  Roughly 40% of those accidents are rear-end accidents.  Many of these people suffer permanent disability.

Ok, enough with the statistics.  It amazes me that people can get so worked up over bicycles breaking the law.  No, two wrongs don't make a right.  The law breaking bicyclists should be called out for their behavior.  It just seems to me that there is a more serious issue here.

And, I own a car.  I average about 3000 miles a year in it.  I average around 6,500 on my bike.  My taxes pay for that road too.

Odds of being in a car accident?  1 in 4.  Odds of being killed in a car accident?  1 in 140.

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