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Fatalities from "distracted driving" may be down, but I really doubt that fatalities from distracted driving are down. It's just a matter of how you can measure it and how things get reported. Anecdotal I know, but almost every time some driver behaves erratically and I pass them, I look down into their car and they're fiddling with their phones or GPS. But the cop writing the report after the fact wasn't there to see the driver fiddling with the radio knob or whatever.

Then factor in that some areas have all but given up on speed enforcement. There was a 2015 New Yorker article that pointed out, among other things, that when Oregon lost tax funding such that they had to reduce enforcement, traffic fatalities went up. From that article:

“We find that Oregon would have experienced 2,302 fewer fatalities from 1979-2005 if the number of state police had been maintained at their 1979 levels...”

How Do We Build a Safer Car:

It also seems to be that as cars get safer for their occupants, there is less incentive for those occupants to behave safely. Nothing will make you drive safely like fear.

If I'm no longer a "pedalcyclist", does that mean I can stop waxing my mustache?

No way man. Crickey's gotta crike.

The habit of, "multitasking" and other long-term cognitive influences of our little e-toys, take a toll on the ability to do any one thing well, even in the absence of real-time distraction. I am quite prepared to believe that people are getting less attentive in general. Remember, also, that the population is aging. Not a good combination.

It's that and all those illegal aliens.

DE is correct in his comment above. There's no way you're going to tell me that accidents from distracted driving are down. I rode 6500 miles last year, you see it time and time again. Not to mention, car manufacturers are now putting as big of a screen as they can possibly fit built into the car and the dashboard, it's like adding a full computer to the car. Next thing you know they're going to be putting video games on those things. It's simply out of control.

So does a 0.1% fatality rate mean that you have a 1/1000 chance of dying in any given year? Or 1/10 if you cycle for 100 years? I know the denominator only includes commuters, but would appreciate if you could write some more about this, because it looks about 10x more deadly than driving (330 million US residents who mostly drive vs 30,000 annual deaths).

My past understanding was that (per-mile) fatality rates were comparable between driving and biking, so what am I missing? www.thewashcycle.com/2017/06/citibikes-first-fatality-how-safe-is-bikesharing.html

That's correct, but it's not a fair comparison because it only looks at commuters. I mean a lot of those deaths are kids or recreational cyclists.

You'll need to figure out what percentage of exposure for all cyclists is that of commuters.

Thanks---I wish Strava could tell us.

"That's correct, but it's not a fair comparison because it only looks at commuters. I mean a lot of those deaths are kids or recreational cyclists."

because of this you can't really use this number to estimate the safety of biking. Its really only useful to provide a (sort of) normalized indication of the trend. Even then its not perfect, as we don't know if the trend would be different if non-commute cycling were included (but its still better than the non normalized number of fatalities)

Right. I'm only trying to define a trend, and even that is flawed.

I wish FARS had a datapoint that defined what kind of bike trip the cyclist was on. To work, from work, other transportation, recreation, racing, stealing from people in Georgetown, etc..

. .. .scofflawing . . .

"scofflawing" as a trip purpose. Hmmm. Wouldn't that be a form of recreation? "I got the KOM for most red lights blown in 30 minutes!" "Yah well, its easy on the crabon bike"

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