'Motorists and cyclists create army of walking wounded'
Has anyone seen this in the Times fit for cities campaign?
I'm not registered to the Times, so can't see the comments and I hope someone has already told them, but I've got some concerns about the normaliser they have used and how they come to the conclusion that:
"Cyclists are almost as likely as drivers to cause serious injury to pedestrians, analysis of official figures shows."
They say this is because:
"When serious injuries are measured as a proportion of distance travelled, cyclists injured 21 pedestrians per billion km travelled in 2012 compared with 24 pedestrians injured by drivers. "
Now, I'm not sure exactly how they've done their calculation, but even if they have exluded distance driven on roads with no pedestrians (such as motorways), surely cyclists will generally be more numerous on roads that have more pedestrians. Added to this, surely cyclists will spend more time per km interacting with pedestrians due to their slower speed (except in London of course). I think the best normaliser to use would be hours spent on streets/local roads, though I doubt this exists..
As well as this we should also take into account cyclists are surely more likely to interact with pedestrians as they are often located nearest the pavement.