A medical study of injured pedestrians and cyclists in New York City, conducted by a team of trauma surgeons, emergency physicians and researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center found that
- Victims with an above-normal body mass index were found to have less severe injuries than their counterparts
- Among patients 18 and older, 15 percent of pedestrians and 11 percent of cyclists were found to have consumed alcohol before the collision — a figure that stood out to transportation officials whose focus is often reckless driving. [WC: If we effectively convince people to stop driving drunk, then, of course they'll be more drunk walking and drunk biking incidents. The only way to fix that is to reduce drunkeness in general. Though, biking while drunk is both illegal and ill-advised]
- About 8 percent of both pedestrians and cyclists said they were injured while using an electronic device, including a cellphone or music player. For victims ages 7 to 17, the numbers climbed to more than 10 percent of pedestrians and nearly 30 percent of cyclists.
- Taxicabs pose a disproportionate threat to cyclists, who often compete for the same sliver of curbside roadway. In a finding unlikely to surprise the city’s cyclists, about 40 percent of injured riders were hit by taxis, compared with 25 percent of the pedestrians.
- More than 80 percent of cyclists rode with traffic flow
- less than a third wore helmets.
- But for cyclists, the study found, injuries spiked from noon to 3 p.m. and outpaced pedestrian injuries from 6 p.m. to midnight — times when food deliveries are most often made.
- One harrowing take-away from the report is that no area, it seems, can be entirely safe. Six percent of pedestrians were injured while on a sidewalk. Of those injured on the street, 44 percent used a crosswalk, with the signal, compared with 23 percent who crossed midblock and 9 percent who crossed against the signal.
pedestrians or cyclists who died at the scene of the accident and never reached the hospital are not included.