Bike Share: It's hip and safe
As the St. Petersburg City Council readies for an initial vote on Mayor Rick Kriseman's $1.5 million bike share program on Thursday, it's worth considering a study concluding that bike share riders are safer than other bicyclists.
The peer-reviewed study by the Mineta Transportation Institute found that, despite fewer bike share riders wearing helmets than regular riders, they were involved in fewer vehicle collision.
The bulkier design of most bike share bikes may play a role. So, too, might be the tendency for bike share riders to travel in groups, which could lead drivers to be more aware of their presence. The large number of tourists who also use bike shares is also a possible factor, the study concluded, as they may just be more cautious in unfamiliar terrain, according to the website Curbed.
The study examined bike share programs in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis and the San Francisco bay area.
If all goes according to plan, St. Petersburg's program will be up and running by the fall.