For a lot of low-income workers, biking is not a hobby.
In Texas, a drunk driver hits a cyclist and throws him in the car — not to take him to a hospital, but to clean up the scene of the crime. The victim was a local handyman who did not live independently.
An Arizona man vaporizes a cyclist with his speeding BWM, then turns it in to Cash for Clunkers. The cyclist was riding in a bike lane, with a light and flashing rear light. He worked as a security guard at a Safeway and, according to his roommate, he often had to ride his bike the 21 miles to his Phoenix home because the bus stopped running from the north suburban location in Cave Creek.
Drivers may rail about racers in spandex and bike messengers who ride aggressively in city traffic, but a disproportionate number of bike-car fatalities involve poor working stiffs making their way from their cheap housing to low-paying service jobs located in areas not well-served by public transit.
Riding a bike connects them to employment at odd hours, but also puts them at risk with drunks and bad guys.
via Jonathan Turley [h/t Mark Gisleson]