As more and more people pedal around the island, it’s getting safer to do so, said Frank Babel, co-chair of the Bicycle Advocacy Committee.
“The more riders, the fewer accidents because drivers are used to them,” he said. “The more people who ride, the safer it becomes.”
Even with a spike in the number of recreational riders, the number of car-bike crashes on the island fell 38 percent from 2011 to 2012. The number of crashes rose in 2013, but with so many more bicycles, the rate fell.
“It takes constant education of motorists and bicyclists,” Babel said.