A couple weeks ago, I was biking home from a day at a bike shop and a man came up behind me and started swearing at me.
“I’m going to kill you,” he said, slamming the bike into my rear wheel.
I was terrified, thinking about how I’d ride off with his bicycle into the sunset.
But the next morning, I woke up in a hospital with severe pain and swollen feet.
I’m not alone: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans hospitalized each year due to bicycle-related injuries has more than doubled since 2010.
For every 100,000 Americans who are injured in a bike accident, four die.
The latest CDC data show that the number is up over 2,000 per day.
And that number is growing.
According to an analysis of government data by the advocacy group Riders United, the U.S. has now surpassed Europe as the world’s top bicycle- and pedestrian-related injury-prevention destination, and its rate of cyclist-related deaths is nearly six times higher than the U,K.
That’s according to the report “Dangerous Routes: The United States and Europe.”
In the U., it’s estimated that more than 40,000 people are killed on our roads each year, while in Europe, the figure is closer to 3,000.
This isn’t a new trend: Last year, a group of American lawmakers proposed legislation that would mandate all new cars be equipped with electronic safety-signaling systems, like those in BMWs and Mercedes Benz cars.
And last year, the American Automobile Association urged automakers to develop new safety systems, such as radar-based collision warning systems that would send alerts to drivers and warn them of approaching cars.
But for the most part, the public seems to have given up on safety.
“People don’t like having bikes around, and we don’t want to have to pay for them,” says Michael Schatzberg, president of the advocacy nonprofit BikePortland.
“The whole idea of having a bike in public isn’t really appealing to most people.”
But as the nation’s bicycling boom continues to expand, people are finally starting to realize just how important the sport really is.
Bicycle companies have spent billions of dollars marketing the sport to young people, and a new generation of riders is emerging from the suburbs, urban centers, and urban farming areas.
They’ve also started to take to the streets.
In 2011, a survey by the Pew Research Center found that 26 percent of all Americans had ridden a bike since age 14, with almost half of that group being between the ages of 15 and 24.
And with the advent of new technology, such devices are becoming more commonplace.
In the past two years, more than 70 percent of Americans have used a smartphone, and more than 75 percent of riders say they plan to ride their bike on public transportation.
In 2015, a bike-related fatality resulted in a $2 million settlement between the city of New York and a cyclist who had hit his head on a bicycle.
The settlement involved the city’s city transportation department, which was responsible for training cyclists on safe riding practices, and the city attorney’s office, which investigated whether the cyclist’s actions were a contributing factor to the fatality.
That settlement resulted in the installation of new crash and road-use enforcement measures in the city, including the creation of an electronic speed limit sign and red-light camera in Times Square.
But, as of January, it looks like the city won’t be putting a stop to the practice of using bikes as a means to get around.
“If they don’t change it, then we’ll see a lot more deaths on the roads,” says Schatzau.
“And I don’t think that’s good for us.”
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In recent years, the city has also been aggressively trying to encourage bicyclists to be more aware of cyclists and their behavior.
In 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York’s public transportation system would be redesigned to make it easier for people to identify cyclists who may be in a vulnerable position.
That year, New York was one of only five U.K. cities to implement the first bike-share system, which is still operating in some areas.
But in 2017, a report from the advocacy organization Bicycle Transport Alliance noted that bike-sharing services like UberX, Lyft, and CareDirect have been operating in New York for years without being regulated or required to provide proper bike safety training.
And the organization said in a 2016 report that New Yorkers were unaware of their rights as bicyclists.
But with that change, there’s hope.
The city has set a goal of doubling its bike-safety education program, which aims to