More information was released from the University of Colorado Health study investigating the rise in bicycle accidents in Northern Colorado. Last year’s hospital records show 325 (up from 180 in 2006) injured cyclists were treated at Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) in Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland in the past year. Taken together that is an 80 percent increase in the number of bicycle accident hospital visits. Since 2007, 9 cyclists have died in bicycle accidents.
The Vice Chief of Surgery at PVH, heading up the study, believes that education is the key to lowering the cyclist accident rate. If both motorists and cyclists could be educated on proper cyclist awareness and road safety, then the streets of Fort Collins would be much safer.
The yet unpublished study reports that when both parties in the accident are between the age of 25-55, the motorist is often at fault. In contrast, the cyclist is often at fault when aged 24 or younger. The main researcher continued that “the research reinforced the need for cyclists to wear reflective and bright clothing…Better enforcement of traffic laws and more and improved bike lanes, especially on busier streets, are also needed.”
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