“Show me the bodies piling up at a significant statistical rate.
Allison of Long Beach Streets just send over a plethora of recorded Long Beach accident data. There are three types of records to sort through: DMV, LBPD and LBFD. They all have different info. I am going to just post one for now because the others are sorted yearly. I’m lazy and just don’t have the time to put this all on the blog:
LBFD data is neatly together in one PDF and was compiled by Long Beach Streets. It shows 838 RECORDED accidents from 2009-2014. It’s a mix of pedestrian, auto and bike. (Can you imagine how many were not recorded? any guesses?)
[View the document here: LBFD.PDF]
A reader with the name/pseudonym Jake states:
“I have lived here [Long Beach] my whole life as well. The point is that for 50 years no one screamed and yelled about [Bicycle safety].
You can blame it on a number of things. I am sure Allison can add to this, but let me list some for you:
2) Texting while driving. We didn’t have cell phones 50 years ago.
3) Talking on phone while driving. We didn’t have cell phones 50 years ago.
4) Other distractions in modern cars such as touch screens or GPS devices. (KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD, PEOPLE!) We didn’t have touch screens or GPS in cars 50 years ago.
5) Perhaps more people are riding bikes these days. I can make the argument how today we are eating more processed foods, so we have the desire to get out and get some exercise.Exercise is good for you, you know.
6) 50 years ago was the age of the automobile, muscle cars and suburbs. Times have changed. Kids today don’t care about cars [LINK] and the suburban model is changing.
7) It’s socially acceptable for an older person to ride a bike today than it was in 1965. (Can somebody please confirm?)
8) Perhaps you are just getting older and you “don’t like the crazy things the kids are doing these days.” In this case, it’s riding a bike.
That being all said, I do agree how cyclists need to obey traffic laws. That being said, I do know that I’d rather be hit by a bike than a car. That being said, you need to be an adult and have a license to drive a motor vehicle, thus making it a privilege and not a right.