Cyclists Increase and Accidents Fall Philadelphia Finds

America: Officials in Philadelphia have found that after a sudden increase of cyclists on the roads, the number of cycling accidents and deaths have declined. 

This ‘safety in numbers’ phenomenon has already been documented in other US states and it is though that a sudden increase in cyclists on the roads makes drivers more aware of their presence. 

Since 2002 the number of riders in the centre of the city has more than doubled according to tallies taken at key junctions. 

America: Officials in Philadelphia have found that after a sudden increase of cyclists on the roads, the number of cycling accidents and deaths have declined. 

This ‘safety in numbers’ phenomenon has already been documented in other US states and it is though that a sudden increase in cyclists on the roads makes drivers more aware of their presence. 

Since 2002 the number of riders in the centre of the city has more than doubled according to tallies taken at key junctions. 

The percentage of those commuting on bikes has also doubled but accidents have fallen. In 2002 six cyclists were killed in accidents with motor vehicles. In 2011 this figure had fallen to just 2. 

“Where cars expect to find bicyclists and pedestrians, drivers are more cognisant of cyclists and pedestrians,” said Alex Doty, executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

“I know I get better treatment now than I did 10 years ago, or even five years ago,” he added. 

“Drivers have a better idea what to do. Though there is still quite a bit of room for improvement.”

In recent years cycling in the city has seen a lot of investment, with dozens of bike lanes and routes created to try and create more space for riders on the busy roads. 

The city’s goal is to boost the percentage of cycling commuters from 2 per cent (2012) to 5 per cent by 2020 as well as reducing cycling injuries and fatalities by 50 per cent.  

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