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Why California leads the nation in bike deaths

L.A. City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee are reconvening this afternoon to take a second look at the original Mobility Plan 2035.
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L.A. City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee are reconvening this afternoon to take a second look at the original Mobility Plan 2035.

The number of bicyclists killed in crashes with cars has increased 16 percent in the past couple of years.

The number of bicyclists killed in crashes with cars has increased 16 percent in the past couple of years.  Nationally, 722 cyclists died in those kinds of accidents in 2012. California leads the way with 123 of those. That doesn't include cyclist deaths from crashes where no car was involved. That’s all according to a new report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Many deaths were related to alcohol consumption and a lack of a helmet.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll look at what other factors specifically in Los Angeles contribute the high number of deaths and talk about how could they be prevented. Will the new 3-foot law decrease the number of deaths?

Guests:

Allan Williams, author of the Governors Highway Safety Association study, “Spotlight on Highway Safety: Bicyclist Safety” 

Gary Brustin, attorney that specializes in bicycle accidents. He has offices in San Jose and Santa Monica and has worked on over 1,000 cases.

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