Normally I would write up a long post filled with different articles on biking but this one will be a one bike subject post. This headline from the Grist Blog caught my eye.
U.S. bikeshares have killed a shocking amount of people.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Yanking a bicycle from the docking station outside New York’s Grand Central Terminal, a helmetless rider slung a golf bag full of clubs over his shoulder and, along with another rider wearing headphones but no helmet, merged into rush hour traffic.
Against all odds – including novice riders, refusal to wear bike helmets and the daily crush of weaving, horn-blaring traffic – not a single rider in New York City’s bike share program has been killed since it launched in May 2013, a Citi Bike representative said.
In fact, experts say no fatalities have been logged in any U.S. public bike share program since the first one launched in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2007. There are now programs in 36 cities, including Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco, with new services planned in Tampa, Florida, Boise, Idaho, Portland, Oregon, and elsewhere.
When New York’s program, sponsored by Citibank, was launched in May 2013, critics and late-night television hosts shared dire predictions for riders, some of whom were only then learning to ride.
At the time, then-city Comptroller John Liu called for mandatory bike helmets for adults to lessen “the human toll” but failed in his effort. “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart joked that the bike share program sparked a new business idea called “Jon Stewart’s Street Brain Removal Service.”
Accident rates from bikeshares are low, too. In New York, out of 10.3 million Citi Bike rides, only 40 people have required medical attention after accidents.
The full Reuters write-up can be found here.
23 million bike share rides and not one fatality. That amazing!!
I had to make a decision on the choice of pictures to use for this post. Do I use a generic Citi Bike picture, a Leonardo DiCaprio picture, or a Karolina Kurkova picture. Easy choice.
Karolina Kurkova rides a CitiBike on the streets of Manhattan on July 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic via Getty Images)