The Miami New Times is looking into some anecdotal reports of increased fatal bicycle collisions this year and they want to know what you think. Ask any cyclist around town – more and more people are bicycling in South Florida. What does that mean for our safety? Do you feel safer riding – or less? There have been a number of high-profile (or, at least, more heavily reported) bicycle crashes in 2010. Reporter Erik Maza called me today and asked what that means for us bicycling advocates.
I’ll admit, I don’t think there have been more fatalities than usual. The MPOs and Highway Administrations haven’t released crash data from 2009 yet, so it’s hard to say, but I just think that we are hearing more about accidents because we are seen as a stronger constituency than ever before. Every day, there are serious crashes on South Florida’s roadways, some of which will inevitably include people on bicycles. Some are our faults, some are the faults of motorists or pedestrians or, arguably, inept traffic engineers. It does make sense that since more and more people are bicycling, more and more traffic collisions will include us. So, what’s the story? What do you think?
Erik Maza wants to hear from you (and we do, too). Email him at Erik.Maza@miaminewtimes.com and cc: SFBikeCoalition@yahoo.com – if you were writing a story about bicycling in South Florida and traffic accidents, what would you say? Also, if you have pictures to share, please let us know, too.