Re: [messengers] Cars to blame in most accidents involving cycles, says research calling for new road rules

Date: 24 Nov 2010 09:42:59 +0100
From: Michael Dodd <mikeydodds@xxxxxxxxx>

Cars causing nearly 9 out of 10 accidents is very hard to believe.

That study did not include pedestrians, the main aim of that study was "to
determine the main causes of road accidents between cyclists and motorists."

The reality is all road users make mistakes, but the problem is Automobiles
turn small mistakes into potentially life threatening scenarios.

The study was performed in Melbourne, Australia.

 According to hospital data 3 out of 10 Melbourne cbd accidents are caused
by car doors. Give motorists benefit of the doubt and split the leftover 7
and its still 65% car 35% cyclist. Factor a one tonne complacency bubble
into that equation and cars would no doubt be getting closer to 9 out of 10.

According to hospital data 40.7% of Sydney cbd accidents are caused by car

Thats a lot of accidents caused by cars that aren't even moving.

On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 2:23 PM, <robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> >
> ok, you can't tell me anything about car drivers, I seen it all.  Only
> been knocked down twice, maybe three times, but I could write a book.
> But:  this study is BS as an indicator of who's to blame.  I'd ride like a
> saint if I had a little buddy watching me all the time.  This is called
> sampling error.
> Clearly the average car driver has a lot to learn about riding bikes,
> cause they don't as a rule.  Cops even more so.  (bike cops here ride on
> the sidewalk and make a mess of it).  But car drivers are a random bunch,
> as are bikers, as are pedestrians.  A pedestrian on a cell phone is
> capable of anything.
> Robert
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