Comment 34325

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted October 01, 2009 at 12:37:43

Further to my previous post, it turns out that we also don't need to guess about who is at fault in bicycle/motor vehicle collisions. At least in Toronto, in about 90% of cases the motorist is at fault.

Clearly, trying to get cyclists to obey the laws is not going to have much effect if the vast majority of cycle/car collisions are the fault of motorists!

This data comes from Toronto Police reports analysis by University of Toronto professor Dr. Chris Cavacuiti

"While there is a public perception that cyclists are usually the cause of accidents between cars and bikes, an analysis of Toronto police collision reports shows otherwise: The most common type of crash in this study involved a motorist entering an intersection and either failing to stop properly or proceeding before it was safe to do so. The second most common crash type involved a motorist overtaking unsafely. The third involved a motorist opening a door onto an oncoming cyclist. The study concluded that cyclists are the cause of less than 10 per cent of bike-car accidents in this study.

The available evidence suggests that collisions have far more to do with aggressive driving than aggressive cycling."

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