Bicycle Racing
Cycling is getting safer, but there's more work to do

To the editor: We are pleased to see a focus on bicycle safety from the Governor's Highway Safety Assn. However, any valid effort to measure and benchmark transportation data ought to pay close attention to data quality, reporting and context. ("Bicycle traffic deaths soar; California leads nation," Oct. 27) Those considerations do not make an appearance in the GHSA's new report on bicycling safety. It examines year-to-year data without taking long-term trends into account. To understand bicycle safety, it is important to look at the fatality rate and not just fatality numbers. A bicyclist fatality rate tells us how many people died as a proportion of the number of...