WE’RE #1!! (in bicycle fatalities)

Newsday is running a story on how Long Island has the highest amount of bicycle-related fatalities in the tri-state area (see – LI bike fatality rate highest in metro area). From the article:

The bicycle crash death rate on Long Island far exceeds that of New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut, according to a Newsday analysis of federal crash data. Forty-three cyclists have been killed in Suffolk County and 21 in Nassau since 2005, records from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Nassau and Suffolk police departments and Newsday’s archive show.

….Victims were overwhelmingly male, and their ages ranged from 3 to 76. Seven were age 12 or younger. While the crashes occurred both during the day and at night, nearly one-third happened between 8 and 11 p.m.

Now, I know I’ve voiced my opinion on bicycle safety before, but maybe I’m all wrong on the issue. Maybe automobiles are not the problem and it’s the cyclists who are always at fault.  Forget about our hearts, exercise and fresh air; bikes are just too dangerous to be around cars. Give me a giant Cadillac Escalade that drives like a truck and has horrible visibility, take all the bicycles off the road and I’m set. After all, the last place I want to be in my giant SUV is get hit by cyclist while I speed through a stop sign. It’s my god-given, American right to drive through that stop sign and those damn cyclists, who don’t follow traffic safety, take the fun out of everything.

Of course I am being sarcastic. I just don’t understand why so many people get so offended when the idea of bicycle safety comes up.  I get it. Cyclists always don’t follow traffic laws, but who has the bigger weapon with lessor visibility? Yeah……I thought so.

Source: LI bike fatality rate highest in metro area