MikeL wrote:We do not know * where* these bike/ped collisions occurred. I suspect most or all of them were on the pavement. If I am correct, then those of us who always ride on the road represent a risk to the public of near enough to zero to make no practical difference.
The pedestrian fatality rate *may* be an underestimate, depending on how you define causality. For an old person, suffering a broken neck of femur after being knocked down by a bike (easily plausible) could well set in train a sequence of events which leads to chronic debility and eventually death even if many months later. Would this be counted? It would be a source of bias, since injuries caused by motor traffic would be more likely to cause early death because of the greater trauma.
The same could be said of motor vehicle collisions wwith pedestrians, so the two could be self canceling (if that makes sense)in that both catogeries could be higher but by how much is anyones guess.We've no way of knowing if there isn't any stats, though I'd bet it were higher for the motor vehicle category.