“Failure to yield” is the most common cause of Tippecanoe County biking accidents

Failure to yield is the most common cause of Tippecanoe County biking accidents, and the responsibility is almost equally shared by cyclists and drivers. You’re most at risk if you’re a 19-20 year old male riding in the Lafayette-West Lafayette hilltop to hilltop area on a Wednesday, or in September, or during your evening commute. You’re also more likely to experience an accident if you’re crossing an intersection, and especially anywhere on State Street.

The county planning committee commissioned the study in order to make better recommendations about bike laws for city planners and law enforcement. While the headline emphasized the culpability of “failure to yield” rests with bike and car drivers alike, it seems cogent to emphasize that cyclists are vastly more likely to be seriously injured in an accident with a car, so be careful and pay attention to the road, people.

Read more at the Journal and Courier.

Want to know more about biking in our area?

We’ve got a healthy, young bike culture taking shape that can help you figure out what you need to know to stay safe on the roads.

Biking 101 in Lafayette Indiana: Where to shop, where to go, who to connect with.

Can we say “yes” to cycling? On what it means to be a bicycle-friendly community, and what L-WL needs to do to meet these standards (A LOT).

“Bicycles as Traffic” vs. The Law: Riders are taught to see your biking self as a member of traffic. The law, however, is written completely different.

Greater Lafayette Critical Mass, Organized Cycling in Lafayette, on the need for a visible biking movement in Lafayette, Indiana.
Also, there is a Critical Mass event THIS FRIDAY. More here.

Sharrows in the Streets: On the challenges of retrofitting a functional bicycle infrastructure in West Lafayette.

Bicycle Lafayette, the need for more advocacy, and the passage of a 3-foot passing ordinance to keep cyclists safe on the streets. Meanwhile, a local cyclist responded to drivers’ complaints about having to accommodate bikes on the road.

Reflections on the death of RC Smith, an avid local cyclist who passed away after a hit and run accident with a car, and whose death spurned a larger local conversation about cyclist rights and safety.

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