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Denver cycling accidents on track for all-time record in 2012

From Denver Westword:

This year, through July 8th, there have already been 228 accidents, which nearly matches the total number of collisions throughout the entire year in 2011, and already has surpassed 2010 as a whole.

The statistics aren’t broken down by type, so they could refer to bike-pedestrian, bike-bike or bike-auto accidents. In 2011, DPD had 239 on record, and in 2010, the total came to 202. Assuming that more cycling accidents will continue to take place over the summer and into the fall — especially since there are more cyclists on the road in Denver — we can expect the city to not only break its record on bike accidents by year’s end, but shatter it.

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  1. Justin!July 22, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Cycling in Denver has blown the F- up! There’s a lot of not-so-tempered riders out there. It’s been amazing to see the change, but I’m not sure how many people are simply fair-weather riders. I’m thinking a lot of riders will go back into bike-hibernation, come winter.

  2. rogbieJuly 23, 2012 at 11:12 am

    One of the causes of this is the lack of education for both cyclists and motorists. I see dozens of riders a day push their luck with traffic by splitting lanes, passing a line of cars on the right, ignoring traffic signals, etc. However, I also see dozens more motorists roll into crosswalks, make RTOR without stopping, excessive speeds, and not giving enough passing room, to name a few.

    That said, I was hit by a motorists 2 months ago. I filed a claim with his insurance and they only paid out 50% of the value to replace the bike he destroyed. I now have to take him to small claims court to get the rest of my compensation. The sales are tipped in the favor of the status quo.

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