It has been sad news of the death of Muriel Casals, member of Junts pel Yes and with a long history of political and social in Catalonia, after hitting head with a curb in an accident with a boy on a bicycle. From this blog we want to get our condolences and support to the family and friends of Ms. Casals, just that made it other entities related to the catalan urban cycling.
It’s an outrage that caused the death of Muriel. As we have already once, bicycles, can indeed cause damage and even death, but it is very rare to do so. So much so that it seems sensible to open the perspective and be aware of the frequency and severity of the violations, in general, and who causes them. Can think of how many abuses by bicycle in Spain? are many or few? how many have serious or fatal consequences?
The first sticks to try to evaluate this data is that there are few sources. There are aggregate data and municipal of the DGT, but seldom allow know in which accidents involving only pedestrians and bicycles. In addition, although some municipalities include the road accidents in his memoirs or public data services, formats are not standardized, making difficult the comparison.
And on the other hand, although they were disaggregated, a common problem with bike accidents is that the vast majority do not appear in any statistics. This is good news, to a certain extent: as they usually do not carry personal injury, they are not reported, there are no overcrowded and not contained in the memories of the local police or the DGT data; and not often need health care, which do not go in details like the SAMUR emergency or hospital sheets.