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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Bay Area Cycling Deaths Increase

Posted By on Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Spurred by a fatal accident in Cupertino that killed two cyclists and seriously injured a third, the Chronicle published an article today about the rising number of deaths caused by vehicle collisions in the Bay Area. While the number of actual accidents has declined, the rate of death has increased by 28 percent. Cyclists are more likely to die in rural settings where they're traveling at high speeds than in urban settings where less speed is involved. Santa Clara County, where the two cyclists were killed yesterday, has had the most fatalities of any area. A separate article in today's Chron says that the police officer who struck the three cyclists may have fallen asleep at the wheel.-Andy Wright

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