30 Jun '15, 5pm

Trucks kill bicyclists all the time. This tool could change that

Trucks kill bicyclists all the time. This tool could change that

Trucks are the killingest vehicles out there. They make up a disproportionately small percentage of the total vehicles on the road, but when they hit someone, that person is a goner. Writes Bridget Huber for the investigative news site Fair Warning : In New York City, for example, trucks account for 3.6 percent of vehicles, but were involved in 32 percent of crashes that killed bicyclists from 1996 to 2003 and 12.3 percent of pedestrian fatalities from 2002 through 2006, city statistics show. Eight of the nine bicyclists killed in Boston 2012 through 2014 died in crashes involving large trucks, according to the city. Some safety advocates say the problem could get worse: The rise of e-commerce is bringing more trucks into urban neighborhoods at the same time that cities are encouraging cycling and walking. Great news, right? When I read something like this, I think about h...

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/trucks-kill-bicyclists-all-the-ti...

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