Thursday, March 13, 2014

In What Part of the Country Are Bicyclists More Likely To Be Hit By Cars?

Bicyclists- in what part of the country are you most likeley to be struck by a car? Turns out you are
ten times more likely to be hit and killed by a car while biking in South Carolina than in in Oregon. And eight times more likely in North Carolina. Other southern states have similiar, or worse, numbers.

The south is warm and mostly flat. You would think that would encourage more people to ride and  drivers would be used to sharing the road with them. This Atlantic Cities article says that's not necesarily the case though and explains why the south has more bicycling collisions.

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