Last night, the local bicycle group BikeHouston held a Ride of Silence for bicycle riders killed riding city streets and roads. The local ride, which this year started in Memorial Park, is part of a group of such events in more than 300 cities worldwide.
The ride followed the placement three weeks ago of around a dozen white ghost bikes, including one at Harrisburg and Navigation for Nabor Rosas-Inclan, who died January 15.
While some folks might brush off these efforts to draw attention to biking in major metros and the hazards associated with it, the movement for more protections and bicyclists' rights is one worth paying attention to. And supporters of those rights are calling for more official data on the numbers of fatalities and accidents involving people riding bikes.
The details included in the study aren't lost on local bicycle enthusiasts.
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A recent report by bikeleague.org, analyzed over at Vox.com, showed that driver error trumped cyclist error in most accidents, according to information collected in their database; also, rear-end accidents were considered the most dangerous.
For many accidents, it can be tricky to assign blame on either drivers or bikers. In most rear end accidents, though, legal liability lies with the driver.
What makes this especially notable is that rear endings don't constitute a very large percentage of bicycle collisions. But as this data makes clear, they can be the most dangerous ones, especially when cars are moving at high speeds and drivers don't see cyclists.
Definitely something worth paying attention to and following as Houston hopefully becomes a more and more bike-friendly place.