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Most bike crashes are not “accidents.”

They are predictable, preventable collisions caused by car drivers who: ignore bike lanes; don’t maintain proper distance; don’t share the road with bicyclists; disobey road signs; turn in front of bicycles; or are distracted or impaired.

Other crashes are the result of poor street design. Many bicycle lanes—and pedestrian routes—are afterthoughts. Confusing intersections tangle up shared bike lanes, or lanes narrow or stop abruptly. That’s why we say “crash”—not “accident”.

That’s why we use crash, not accident.