Citi Bike: ZERO Fatalities in Over 3 Years

Citi Bikes, the bike sharing program found throughout the city has not recorded a single fatality of a rider in over 3 years. This bike sharing program might actually be safer than regular bicycles. These recognizable bikes, with the bright blue frame and unmistakable front baskets were designed to be heavier and therefore move slower than a regular bike. Their average speed was lower than those of a regular bicycle. Crashes happen for a number of reason but speed definitely plays a vital role.

“Citi Bikes have wide tires, much like mountain bikes, which allow them to easily weather bumps, potholes and uneven surfaces.Researchers at the Mineta Transportation Institute found that riders experience increased stability when using wider tires. They also found that, because the Citi Bike seat is below the handlebars, riders are more likely to sit upright, maintaining better balance. On regular bikes, most handlebars are below the seat, which forces riders to lean forward and makes them more susceptible to falling over if they hit a bump.”

The greater amount of riders on the road, the safer and more visible they are versus cars, trucks, buses, etc. Most of the bike racks are in areas that see a lot of people and traffic (both foot traffic and vehicle traffic). Thus exposing people to these racks during their daily routines. The number of bike lanes have increased dramatically over the years, leading more people to use them and more people who are inclined to ride their bikes (or the Citi Bikes).

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