Saturday, January 4, 2014

Portland Reports NO bicycle fatalities 2013

In bike-friendly Portland Oregon the city reports nobody was killed in a bike related accident in 2013. This city also avoided any bike-related fatalities in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2010. -GRIST

An increase in cycling popularity for 2013 nationwide brought a 54% increase in cycling fatalities for Los Angeles County and a total of  86 cycling fatalities for Southern California.

Laguna I-133 "Bikelane" credit: Injury Law Central

 In Laguna Beach we saw 7 bike-car related accidents by May (Coastline Pilot), and two fatalities (resident Debora Deem 58 and Mitch Waller 53).

"Safer biking means more people (especially women) decide biking’s a good option. More cyclists make for safer streets — and the more people cycle, the more likely it is that city planners think it’s worth putting in bike infrastructure. And one of the great advantages of bike infrastructure is that it makes the roads safer — and not just for bikers. Everyone wins." -Biking in LA.

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