I’ve been riding my new bike around Los Angeles quite a bit. Almost every time I pedal away, my friends say “be safe” as if I am flying off into the atmosphere.
Bicycling is incredibly dangerous indeed, but just a reminder that what makes it dangerous are cars.
The road is a violent, hostile place to drivers, rider, and pedestrians. We need to build better streetscapes that can reign in dangerous behaviour. Mainly by making us all human again instead of a driver.