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That report doesn't make sense. There are contradictions. Which is higher, taxi-related or car-related numbers?

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Ok so looking at the stats we should not cycle between 6pm and 9pm, thats kinda easy, and not ride over weekends or where there are motorists that are potentially under the influence of alcohol. Not so easy.

 

In summary dont ride in the dark. Over weekends ride early in the morning before the masses wakeup and do so in a large group. Safety in numbers perhaps.

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Over weekends ride early in the morning before the masses wakeup and do so in a large group. Safety in numbers perhaps.

I think that is the absolute worst time to ride, that is when the majority of the fatal/bad cycling accidents have happened over the years. People still coming home from clubs/parties.

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after reading the article, it seems the writer only mentioned 'bicycle' to prick up cyclists' ears. All the rest is related to MVA's and not cyclists..... useless article imo.

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after reading the article, it seems the writer only mentioned 'bicycle' to prick up cyclists' ears. All the rest is related to MVA's and not cyclists..... useless article imo.

 

Edit: oh ja, they only mention fatalities - what about people that use taxi's but are disabled after the accident.

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I love statistics - like the "for every person killed in a taxi - 21 are killed in cars"... The stat means absolutely nothing unless you say what the ratio of cars to taxis on the road is. If there are more than 21 cars per taxi on the road then it's more dangerous to be in a taxi than a car - if there are less than 21 cars per taxi then it's more dangerous in a car.

 

"Car accidents accounted for just less than half of road deaths, light delivery vehicles and bakkies accounted for a fifth, and trucks and other unspecified vehicles were involved in almost a tenth of road deaths." - great - where do taxis fit into those categories?

 

"There were 27 deaths per 10,000 taxis in 2009, three times higher than for cars." - brilliant but taxis contain say 16 people per taxi and cars say 1 or 2 without that fact the stat is meaningless.

 

 

"The study revealed that during 2009, about 60 percent of drivers killed on the roads were under the influence of alcohol." - that is the only (and scariest) stat of all!!!!!

 

Lies, damn lies and statistics....

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Lies, damn lies and statistics....

......and way beyond that, you get poor journalism.

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