Re “As bicycle, e-bike collisions rise in coastal North County, local officials discuss safety options” (March 5): The article concerning increased bike collisions missed the most important point: Bike collisions are not rising because bicyclists are behaving in an unsafe manner. Instead, due to the explosion in popularity of e-bikes, more people are biking on our unsafe roads.
Cities should embrace bicycle use rather than discourage it through overregulation. They should examine the hostile environment that has been created from decades of prioritizing car travel. Cities should look at Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.
Cities all over the world have created roads that are safer for all modes of transportation. Those most successful at decreasing injuries and deaths are the ones that make a commitment to applying Vision Zero principles to their roads.
Together with education and safer roads, bicycle collisions will decline, resulting in safer cities for everyone.
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