As more people in Massachusetts dust of their bicycles, the number of reported auto-bicycle accidents has risen in recent years, and fatalities in Greater Boston’s suburbs have more than tripled.
Bicycling can be a fun, healthy mode of transportation. Whether you’re heading to work or just taking a casual ride, it’s a great way to stay in shape. Make sure to be safe out there, bicyclers. Watch out for automobiles and each other.
Going back to an extensive study conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation just a few years back, collisions involving bicycles in the Greater Boston suburban area increased by over 9 percent from 2010 to 2012, while statewide the number jumped up 13 percent during the same three-year period. Nearly 70 percent of the crashes resulted in injuries.
These rising stats are due to many factors. One reason is that biking’s popularity has soared, with state policy encouraging more people to ride and cities and towns adding more bike lanes to busy roads.
“With the sheer number of bikes being ridden, there are going to be more accidents. It’s a statistical fact,” said Roy Mulcahy, a police lieutenant in Concord, a popular cycling town where riders are drawn to the rural and hilly roads.
But David Watson, executive director of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, said more steps should be taken to improve safety for cyclists. The best first step is to stay aware. If you’re a bicycler, wear safety gear and ride defensively. If you’re a car watch out for our two wheeled friends.
The Boston Globe