There are nearly a thousand bike related fatalities per year. Most fatal accidents involve a vehicle. Thus, separating bikes in physically separated bike path will likely reduce fatal accidents.
However, an estimated 90% of bike crashes do not involve a vehicle at all – but are instead bikes versus other bikes, bikes versus road way hazards, bikes versus pedestrian, bikes versus animals and so on.
Data on overall bike injuries is poor – but there are estimates of 1/2 million bike related injuries treated in ERs, and estimates of 1-2 million or so bike related injuries treated at urgent care, doctor’s offices, or self treated. Unfortunately, with poor quality injury data, and the media’s focus on fatalities, we might not be solving as much as we think.
- Transportation: How Safe is Bicycling? No one actually knows – Coldstreams Skeptic
- Bike related head and brain injuries among adults remain high – Coldstreams Skeptic
- Health: Cycling head injuries are a low probability but high-risk event – Coldstreams Skeptic
- Brain injuries: My story – Brain Injury Awareness Month – Coldstreams Skeptic