Chart of the day: Bicyclists up, injuries down
This is not nearly as counterintuitive as it might seem at first blush:
By my calculations, these numbers mean that you’d need to ride your bike in NYC for 7,300 days, on average, before getting injured. At 200 days a year, that’s over 35 years. And I’m quite sure that a large proportion (but by no means all) of the injuries and fatalities happen to people riding unsafely — against traffic, through red lights, without a helmet, that kind of thing. Which means that the odds of a safe bicyclist being injured in NYC are even lower than that.
Going forwards, the safety in numbers effect is going to make cycling even safer and more popular, which means that we should be able to extrapolate the blue line up and the brown line down more or less indefinitely. Good news!