The paper introduces the argument that there has been a rise in pedestrian and cyclist accidents, and mentions that a solution should be found. Data used in the article is based on incidents in California and New York City because of the amount of bicyclists in the area as well as the population size.
Data on inpatients from California and New York included information on what they classified their injury, which was referred to as an ICD code, or International Classification of Disease. This code is meant to describe pedestrians who needed medical treatment because of cycling accidents. The author goes on to describe the tallying number of pedestrian that were injured in cycling conditions in just a year, which came to 552 cases. Between 2004 and 2011, there were 7904 pedestrian injuries in cycling collision accidents in New York City, with 54% of the injured being New York residents. In California, between 2005 and 2011 there were 6177 injuries, all of which were treated as outpatients.
According to the article, the majority of the cyclists tend to be in the age group of 0 to 14 years of age, and male. However, this soon declined between the years of 2009-2011. The study also shows that New York and New York City have a higher outpatient injury rate than California did between the years 2004-2011. Of these outpatient and inpatient injuries, head and neck was found to be the most common.
When the artist comes to discuss the study, they discuss the idea that there was a sharp decline in pedestrian injuries due to cycling collisions because of the age group that was involved, 0 to 14 years of age. He hypothesizes that children today are less exposed to cyclists because of the rise in social media, leaving them out of harms way of accidents, even ones with a vehicle. Another reason the author believes there is a decline in pedestrian accidents is due to improvements in bike infrastructure. He believes people are becoming more and more educated at the same rate that bike lanes and yield signs are being built for cyclists.
Further down, the author believes that there are two important factors that will contribute to an increase in accidents. One is that there has been and there will be a continuous increase in bikers, which results in a higher chance of biking accidents. The second is that pedestrians engage in “disturbing behavior patterns” that will put their lives at risk of a cycling accident as well.