A friend (Larry English) here in Atlanta just sent this to me.
John Redman Hapeville, Ga
Reasons for Wrecks
Bob Mionske is a two-time U.S. Olympic cycling team member (4th in the 1988 road race) who now specializes in bicycle law in Portland, Oregon. He writes the "Legally Speaking" column for velonews.com, has a book called "Bicycling and the Law," and runs a website at http://www.bicyclelaw.com. In short, he 's an expert on cyclists' rights and how laws affect them.
His legal work also makes Mionske, 45, savvy about crashes. According to his research, there are about 500,000 cycling accidents each year that result in an emergency room visit. Here's how they happen (numbers are rounded):
---59% involve no object or other person
---14% involve a fixed object
---11% involve a moving motor vehicle
---9% involve another bicycle
---3% involve an animal
---3% involve a pedestrian
---1% involve a stationary motor vehicle
Considering only accidents involving a moving motor vehicle (11%), here's where they happen:
---45% in an intersection
---25% entering a roadway
---14% riding with flow of traffic
---8% riding against traffic
The lessons are obvious: Never stop working on your bike-handling skills, and be extra cautious where there can be cross traffic -- in intersections or w hen riding onto busier roads.
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