Bringing the "Idaho Stop" to Arizona
Statistics for the Idaho Stop
Idaho had zero bicyle fatalities in 2015. 2016 saw the most fatalities at 6. (other years: 2012 - 2, 2013 - 3, 2014 - 2)
This means even in the worst year for Idaho, their fatality rate was less than 0.00000349% or 3.49 fatalities per million people
This is still less than Arizona's rate for the same year:
In 2016 Arizona had at least 31 fatalities that's 4.47 per million. In 2017 the number increased to 32.
Here is the official government report on bicycle crashes for 2016 https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812507
(2016 is the most recent data - the report was released May 2018).
Intersections are not that dangerous:
Only 30% of bicycle fatalities occur at intersections:
This chart shows that the most dangerous area for bicyclists is outside of intersections.
Nationwide, about a third of all crashes/fatalities involved alcohol. Either the driver of the bicyclist or both had some alcohol in their system.
Texting while driving or using smart phones while driving has been tied to higher numbers of crashes.
Arizona Bicyle crash facts and laws: http://azbikelaw.org
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