It’s been a long-running dispute around the Bay Area. Bicyclists complain that drivers don’t share the road; drivers complain that bicyclists ignore traffic laws and get in the way. The issues fuel the monthly Critical Mass rides in San Francisco and in cities across the country, and tensions are rising after recent clashes here. So, “we wanted to get to the cold, hard facts” as we reported tonight at 11pm.
The latest CHP data on car-bike collisions that resulted in injury or death shows, most often, the cyclist is at fault. Take a look for yourself at the CHP statistics covering more than 11-thousand accidents around the bay during the past five years. Sixty percent of the time, the cyclist caused the crash. The most common violations that led to accidents were riding on the wrong side of the road, refusing to yield to an automobile's right of way, unsafe speed and ignoring traffic signals and signs. Cyclists who caused collisions were nearly three times more likely to be under the influence of alcohol, compared to drivers who caused accidents.
We’re also posting a 2001 study from the Bicycle Coalition, which accuses officers of failing to file reports on behalf of bicyclists. The Coalition's Executive Director Leah Shahum says that's often still the case.
Two sides to every story. We’d like to hear what you think.