The purpose of Bicycle Safety -The Math of Speed is to numerically illustrate the relationship of a cyclists speed vs the quantity and velocity of passing vehicles. Further, it demonstrates that it is safer for the cyclist to maintain a speed that is closer to the speed of the passing vehicles.
1. In any traffic environment, especially advantageous on the open road, cycling faster means that you are passed by fewer vehicles = less possibility of collision.
2. These fewer vehicles also, have much more time to notice and make adjustment for you = less probability of collision.
3. Due to the resultant reduction in relative velocity, any contact with you would be less severe = greatly reduced severity of injury or possibility of death.
The Math of Speed! - Index
10mph vs 20mph - passed by 30mph traffic
In 60mph Traffic
Other traffic - Biker 10 mph vs 20 mph - 30 mph traffic
The Solomon Curve
Bicycle Accidents - Causes
150lb Biker vs 3000lb Car
Rear Impact Solution!
Do not be misled into thinking this was supposed to be some type of 1 page Bible of bicycle safety!
Others have gone there, and seem to have suffered varying degrees of cognitive malfunction.