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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

San Francisco Is Very Dangerous But Not Deadly for Cyclists, Report Says

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 4:34 PM

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San Francisco is the most dangerous city in California for cyclists. But there's good news in that troubling tidbit, according to  a city report: San Francisco is not the most deadly city in California for cyclists.

The injury rate for bike riders in San Francisco — over 75 per 100,000 residents — is almost double that of any other California county between 2009 and 2012, according to the "Population Health" report released by the city Controller earlier this month. In Alameda County, where plenty of people ride bicycles, the accident rate was barely 40 for every 100,000 residents. 

But our riders are bruised and not broken. "Paradoxically... San Franciscans were the most likely to be injured but the least likely to be killed," the report found.

Do we just have stellar helmets or damn good luck?
Still, cyclist deaths are on the rise, according to a report from the Vision Zero coalition, which is advocating for safer streets and crosswalks for non-automobiles. Three bike riders died last year in San Francisco. 

This is partially due to the fact that there are more riders on the streets. But this does not explain the wide disparity between bike injuries and bike deaths, which is peculiar to San Francisco. 


"San Francisco has the worst rate [of bike injuries] by a wide margin," the report found. And that injury rate has been steadily increasing, according to the city's Department of Public Health.

There are more bikes on streets, yes, but there's also more of everything on the streets: more cars, more Ubers, and more pedestrians as the city gets more crowded. Perhaps there's a solid link between the number of bikers with broken limbs and the general increase of traffic on our streets? 

Ride as safe as you can out there. 

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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.

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