Freakonomics on Bike Safety


"One Got Fat"- 1963 bike safety movie

Will Bicycling to Work Get You Killed? The Freakonomics guys note a European study that says cyclists are 12 times more likely than car drivers to suffer a fatal accident. However the same study says that traveling by foot is 23 times more dangerous than driving, per kilometer. Then again, a Danish study found that people who do not bike to work suffer a 39 percent higher mortality rate than those who do. So, assuming you can avoid a fatal accident on the road, biking to work may actually help you live longer. Another study we really like suggests that if there are more cyclists on the road, then they are safer, apparently because motorists adjust their behavior in the presence of people walking and bicycling. They reference Warren's post where we learned about "Bike Buses" that we are all safer if we travel in packs.

So what we need to make biking safe: mobs of cyclists taking over the roads. In helmets. ::Freakonomics

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