From Commuter Outrage:
"We have consistently called for more safety studies on bicycles. If we’re interested in protecting cyclists, we need to know what the root cause of these accidents is.
Citing MSNBC: “Last year in New Jersey 12 bikers, bicyclists, were killed in motor vehicle crashes,” said Pam Fischer, director of the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “So far this year — and we’re at the middle of the summer, July 15 — we have already lost 11 bicyclists.”
Fischer said that “in almost every case, the bicycle was doing something that put them at significant risk.”
The problem is that so many new riders create road hazards because they don’t know the rules, police say. Too often, inexperienced riders take traffic signs as suggestions, not commands.
After the Seminole County, Fla., sheriff’s office recently began fielding scores of complaints from drivers that bicyclists were clogging major streets, it sent out deputies with video cameras. The cameras revealed large groups of bike riders illegally disrupting traffic.
There seems to be a growing consensus among law enforcement – bicyclists fully or partially cause most of the accidents they are involved in. This should compel us to consider mandatory licensing and registration for cyclists."