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Looking to ride a bicycle on Cape Cod? There’s some good news, and some bad

Looking to ride a bicycle on Cape Cod? There's some good news, and some bad

Six bicyclists have died in accidents on Cape Cod in the last 10 years. Another 82 bike crashes resulted in serious injury. In total, during…

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Six bicyclists have died in accidents on Cape Cod in the last 10 years.

Another 82 bike crashes resulted in serious injury. In total, during the 10-year span, there have been nearly 2,000 cyclist crashes on the Cape, according to figures from the state Department of Transportation .

"It’s dangerous out there,” said Jonathon Lamson, a Hyannis resident who rides his bicycle daily as a means of getting around.

Lamson was sitting on a curb waiting for a bus at the Falmouth Mall as he spoke, his bicycle lying on his legs.

A few months ago, he was hit by a car on Route 28 even though he had a flashlight on his bicycle. Luckily, he wasn’t injured.

The number of accidents is simply too high, said Steven Tupper, deputy director of transportation at the Cape Cod Commission. Nearly 2,000 cyclist crashes over last decade

“We still have a ways to go in terms of making bicycling safe across the region," Tupper said. "America has a car culture. What we’re challenged with now is adapting a system that in many respects was developed for the automobile and is not well-suited for those other modes of transportation that are out there today.”The crash numbers, provided by the state, are likely an underestimate since many bicycle crashes go unreported, Tupper said.Nearly 80% of crashes involving a bicycle or pedestrian from 2012 to 2017 resulted in a minor injury, according to data from the Cape Cod Commission. That 80% drops to 25% when looking at car crashes […]

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