Yeah...kinda like the gun being responsible for the shooting...momma always said...stupid is as stupid does...heliman said:Interesting study!
I have to whole-heartedly disagree with the basic premise. I live in the country and do most of my riding in the country. I know the roads, traffic, and wildlife. In urban situations potholes can arise overnight, traffic is anything but predictable, and urban two-legged "wildlife" are far more dangerous than the four legged kind.
If you consider the "stupid" factor where riders break the speed limit, drive reckless, and push their riding abilities, then the problem lies with the rider, not the rural roads.
There are few things any safer than riding mid-day on a warm sunny day in the country loaping along at 45 to 50 mph. :chopper:
PickAttack said:So we're actually safer and less likely to be in an accident riding around town with idiot cagers on cell phones?*TIBS*
Since it didn't clearly focus on motorcycles, I just left the word "fatal" out of the question. :duh?:Bhawk said:Fatal accidents, as the article states, not accidents. It's true this article does not clearly focus on motorcyclists, but any number of studies have shown that country two-lane roads are the most dangerous for fatalities. Not sure why it would be different for motorcycles. In the city, they may hit us more often, but everybody is going slower.
@gree: with TomTomB said:Actually, the magazine is completely MIS-STATING the data when they suggest that motorcyclists are in more danger on rural roads. The specific risk to motorcyclists is iunknown, because the study didn't look at it. The magazine reporter has jumped to a conclusion. The reporter seems to be suggesting the following: since 42% more motor vehicle accidents occur on rural roads than on urban roads, and since 4% of ALL motor vehicle accidents involve motorcyles, therefore motorcycle accidents are more likely to occur on rural roads. That conclusion requires a leap of faith, because the data simply doesn't say one way or the other. It's statistially possible (though realistically unlikely) that ALL motorcycle accidents occur in the city. Yet another example of a reporter completely mis-understanding scientific data and reporting his misunderstanding as gospel truth.
Same.Peacekeeper said:believe their stats are twisted. Another lifetime ago I worked as a traffic officer. I had the displeasure to work numerous motorcycle accidents. The majority, maybe 85% to 90% were directly related to two (2) factors.
1) Cadges turning in front of motorcycles.
2) Motorcycles traveling at an excessive speed in the presence of cadges.
But then that was another lifetime ago, who knows what the deal is today.