Contrary to popular belief, an increase in bicyclist numbers doesn't, or should not, automatically lead to an increase in the number of bicycle accidents. Many countries in Europe have a stronger bicycle safety culture than ours. In fact, countries that have higher bicyclist numbers actually have better bicycle safety records.
An interesting new report titled Safety in Numbers was released recently by the European Cyclists Federation. The study has a number of intriguing findings for Indiana bicycle accident lawyers, and should be of interest to bicyclists in this state. Traditionally, transportation agencies blame increasing number of bicyclists for any increase in bicycle accident fatalities. According to them, when there is a spike in the population of bicyclists, it instantly translates into a higher risk of accidents.
The Safety in Numbers report, however, offers a number of examples to illustrate why this should not be so. According to the report, the Netherlands saw a 58% decrease in bicycle accident fatalities over a 25 year period, while it's bicyclist numbers increased by approximately 45%.