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Traffic Accidents Involving Bikes Are On the Rise in Fort Collins [VIDEO]

With how closely I’ve been following the great stop-as-yield debate in Fort Collins, I felt obliged to share this bit of info with you.  If you think all bike vs. car accidents are the motorists’ fault (or the cyclists’ fault), you might be surprised by this…

The Coloradoan reports that cars-bike crashes are the motorists’ fault 57% of the time, and the cyclists’ fault 43% of the time.  A quarter of the time, both are at fault.

Not only that, but bike-car crashes in Fort Collins are increasing.

The city’s bicycle-crash rate hit 12.1 per 10,000 people in 2012. That’s the highest yet and has been climbing since 2000, when the rate was 9.5 per 10,000, according to city data.

[via The Coloradoan.]

And just between Sept. 11 and Oct. 8 of this year, four such crashes have involved fatalities.

So basically, it’s something we all need to be vigilant about.  Not just motorists or just cyclists.  Everyone.

Have you ever had a close call on your bike (or in your car)?  Tell us your story in the comments.

Check out the video below for more on this story from the Coloradoan.

NEXT: Fort Collins Decides Not to Pursue Stop-As-Yield Law for Cyclists

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