We have noted before that when it comes to bicyles, there is safety in numbers; the more bikes on the road, the more aware drivers are of their existence. As we noted in our post Do Bicycle Helmet Laws Do More Harm Than Good?, from a 2003 study:
-Where, or when, more people walk or bicycle, the less likely any of them are to be injured by motorists. There is safety in numbers.
But still, the graph from the Atlantic shows huge growth in ridership, and a continuing decline in accidents.
Of course, there are other factors in play; New York has made a massive investment in bike lanes and infrastructure, as we noted in New York City: A Cyclists' Paradise?.
The Infrastructurist points us to an article in the Daily News that takes a Daily News stance: that the 35% increase in cycling in just one year is terrorizing pedestrians.
"When I, as a retired woman, walk these streets, I have fear of my safety that I will be hit by these riders and get knocked down," said Marjorie Levine, 62, who has been pushing for more regulations.
More in the Daily News
More on bikes in New York City:
New York Bike Lane Becomes SUV Lane
Data Confirms Cycling On the Rise in New York City
Extreme Bicycle Commuting in New York City
New York City May Implement Tough Bicycle Parking Requirements