It's really a straightforward relationship. If you build more continuous cycling infrastructure, more people will use their bicycles. If more people use their bicycles, the injury rate goes down:
New data now reveals that there are 185,000 daily cyclists in New York City, an increase of more than one third from just four years ago. This staggering surge is not only a testament to the infrastructure improvements that have been implemented in the last couple of years, but also a contributing factor to the increased safety of cyclists throughout the city.
It's a well established fact that for bikers there is safety in numbers. With more cyclists out and about, more drivers are accustomed to sharing the road. In fact, cycling in New York City is safer now than it has been at any time in recent memory
As the number of cyclists goes up, the actual number of injuries (not just the rate) is going down:
Bicycle Ridership and casualties in NYC, 1998-2008 (Image source: Transalt)
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