by Sophie Egan
Published in the New York Times
June 13, 2013
It took only a few days for reports of the first cycling accident involving New York’s new bike-sharing program to begin circulating. But experts and growing experience from bike-sharing programs in other cities make clear that bicycling can be a safe mode of transportation, and the presence of a bike-sharing program is a boon to the safety of all bicyclists.
“A number of studies have looked at increased biking, and the result is that the more people bike in a community, the less likely they are to collide with motorists,” said David Vlahov, the dean of nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. “It is likely due to motorists becoming more aware or expecting more to be riding bicycles.”
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