San Luis Obispo makes the top ten most bike accident list
December 8, 2013
San Luis Obispo made the top 10 list for California cities with the most bicyclists’ accidents per 1,000 residents with 52 persons killed or injured in 2011, according to the Office of Traffic Safety’s most recent statistics.
When compared to cities with populations of between 25,000 and 50,000, San Luis Obispo was ranked either number one or two for the highest rate of bicycle accidents from 2008 through 2011.
Most collisions do not result in death. However, in 2011, a drunken man on a bicycle turned in front of a truck and lost his life. In 2012, a local doctor rode his bike into a semi-truck and also lost his life. In both cases, law enforcement deemed the bicyclist was at fault.
Over the past eight years, the number of accidents caused by driver error or bicyclist fault is fairly even.