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Bike-Sharing Is Safer Than Riding Your Own Bike

In city after city, cyclists are hit, injured, and killed less often when using bike-sharing than when riding their personal bicycles.

Noah Kazis of Streetsblog brings us the somewhat counter-intuitive fact that bike share riders are involved in fewer accidents than bikers using their own set of wheels.

From Paris: "In 2009, the most recent year for which data is available, Vélib' riders were responsible for one-third of all bike trips in Paris but were involved in only one-fourth of all traffic crashes involving a bicycle."

And from London: "...no people were seriously injured or killed on the first 4.5 million trips on Boris Bikes, while about 12 people are injured for every 4.5 million trips on personal bikes."

Stats from more cities available in the full article.

Thanks to Noah Kazis

Full Story: From London to D.C., Bike-Sharing Is Safer Than Riding Your Own Bike

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