Violation! Selective Microscope

More on the POS Orlando paper. See older posts for details.

Here’s a quote:

“Those who cycle on the roadway and obey the rules of the road are involved in a very small
percentage of all crashes.
Of 657 daytime crashes, only 8.4% (55) involved sober cyclists who were traveling on the roadway and
were confirmed as obeying the rules of the road (6.2% of all 885 crashes). Only 15 of these (2.3% of daytime
and 1.7% of all crashes) involved overtaking motorists. Two of the 15 resulted in incapacitating injuries.
Of 196 night-time crashes, only 8.2% (16) involved sober cyclists who were traveling on the roadway and
were confirmed as obeying the rules of the road. Of these, only three were confirmed as being equipped with
lights.”

Note that this is meaningless data.

As VCers are quick to point out this kind of data is misleading because we don’t know how many people ride VC.

I say that pretty much nobody does this dangerous, confrontational, and idiotic activity.

I know this because I don’t see anyone doing this. I wave to every cyclist. It’s a red letter day when I see someone riding VC.

Today, I did see someone riding VC, a twelve year old in a semi-pedestrianized area next to the school that I live by. She looked about twelve or so. No helmet so VIOLATION! Also, she had a toddler on her top tube so VIOLATION. 🙂

Seriously, why the double standard on not having the denominator for these studies? Why post data at all if it’s meaningless?

Oh, that’s right, they ALWAYS post data when it proves their point. The microscope only comes out when they disagree. Note that this is normal human behavior. I do it to. I see myself doing it!

One more thing. While looking at this table, I see that only four out of seventeen cyclists died in bike lanes, sidewalks AND shoulders combined. The vast majority of cyclists died in the roadway (11/17). Thus, this data speaks volumes on how riding in the roadway is deadly. We can talk about alcohol and lights till we’re blue, but the point is that not riding in the roadway is the most reliable way to mitigate this obvious danger.

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