Bike share has been in the United States since 2007 and now is in 36 cities, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland, etc. Many believed that the influx of bikers, some without much experience, and most not wearing helmets, would create many accidents and fatalities. Well now here is the surprising news, after over 23 Million rides, there has been a whopping ZERO fatalities on a Bike Share bike. That is right, not one person on a shared bicycle has been killed. It turns out that having more bikes on the road makes riding SAFER for all.
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There are several reasons for this. First of all, the bikes have a low center of gravity, are heavy, slow and have very good drum brakes. They are built for transportation, not speed. Second, as motor vehicles see more bikes on the road, they increasingly notice them quicker. Third, let’s be honest, a little luck! However, other cyclists (non-bike share) are still being involved in fatal accidents. In fact, there have been 12 so far this year in New York City alone. Here is a good article on this subject.
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