Ed S requested references about sideswipes. Coincidentally I almost saw a cyclist, operating vehicularly, get sideswiped today. As my regular reader of this blog will probably know, I refer to vehicular cyclists as "Yeti" and Yeti sightings are rare around Tarrant County. For Rantwick's benefit, I'll note that I have photographic proof. What's more, for a few others' benefit, the motorist in question was driving a WHITE PICKUP and I got a photo of THAT as well. I'm not ready to post either of these, but it sure looks like a theme has been chosen FOR me. I was originally planning to relate some of the results of sharrow research I did while up in Seattle, but it'll have to wait. Besides, sharrows seem to be a tender topic at the moment anyway.
Regardless, here are a couple of links for Ed S to start digging into. I have NOT done the digging I'd need to do to make my own post on the subject, but be assured I WILL. PM Summer may or may not decide to make his own post on the subject. I, for one, would read it with great interest but that is entirely up to him.
This study looks very interesting REGARDLESS of what it really says about sideswipes. I recommend digging through it, even though I've only gotten a quick look myself.
A second source, without a specific link, from Keri Caffrey of CommuteOrlando:
Overtaking crash breakdown from Mighk's Orlando crash study:
Fault — Overtaking crash type — Number of crashes — % of all bike v car crashes in 2003-4
Motorist — Lost Control — 1 — 1.3%
Motorist — Misjudged Space (sideswipe) — 20 — 25.6% (1 was in a bike lane, rest were in narrow lanes)
Motorist — Unknown (not enough info) — 4 — 5.1%
My apologies to Ed S - there is enough smoke here that I'm pretty sure there's a fire, but I have not had the time to actually view the fire for myself yet. Speaking of which, I would GREATLY appreciate Ed S emailing me with details of what he finds. It will make my own investigation go quicker. It is difficult for me to predict how high quality the data will be and how well it will relate to rural cycling where the roads and intersections are few, as are the alternate routes.
The Dirt - It's been a while since I felt the pulse of Mother Earth through my knobby tires. I couldn't wait any longer so this morning I loaded up my mountain bike...
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