Chron Reports on Deadly Roads For Cycling, Bike Coalition Responds

biking.jpgMarket Street is the "deadliest" street in San Francisco for cyclists, according to Sunday's Chronicle. There have been a grand total of 215 bicycle collisions on the street since 1997, with three resulting in deaths and 14 in severe injuries. The corner of Market and Octavia is widely believed to be one of the most dangerous intersections for SF bikers. During the years of 2006-07, four cyclists were severely injured at the spot, partly due to motorists making illegal right turns. The spate of articles about bike safety follow the death of two Bay Area cyclists who were hit and killed by a deputy sheriff last weekend in Santa Clara. The SF Bike Coalition issued a statement on their Web site warning against the haste to depict cycling as dangerous. They site several studies that show, among other things, that "people who bike to work have a 39% lower rate of mortality than those who do not, even after adjusting for other risk factors." ( photo from edmsf.blogspot )-Andy Wright

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