No nonsense article about bicycles in traffic from the Washington Post
The first automobile accident in U.S. history is said to have been recorded in New York in 1896 when a car collided with a bicycle.
There were fewer bicycles then — the invention was about 25 years old — and a heckuva lot fewer cars, so it’s hard to imagine how the two managed to collide.
But it didn’t end there.
There are now 250 million registered vehicles on U.S. roads. Americans are buying almost 16 million bikes a year. About 700 people a year die in bike accidents, and 45,000 are injured. In the past 80 years, there have been 44,000 cycling fatalities.