Falling under cars

StreetsBlog has an interesting thread dissecting a recent Daily News article, which had reported that bicycle accidents were way up in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The News is playing fast and loose with the statistics on fault by not reporting all of the “at fault” numbers. “Fault” in this case is not a binary equation – the driver of the car, the pedestrian and the bicyclist can all be at fault. The number of people at fault can be (and probably is) much larger than the number of accidents, so simply reporting the number of bike riders at fault is misleading.

Still, some of the StreetsBlog comments are typical knee jerk reactions from two-wheelers who refuse to admit that a bicyclist might ever be responsible for what they hit (or what hits them). Its a busy world out there, that’s why there are rules of the road.