In an article about the effectiveness of speed cameras in improving traffic safety in Virginia, Reardon Sullivan told the Montgomery County Council, “I am against the speed cameras. I don’t think they pick up one of the major hazards on our roadways in Montgomery County right now — bicyclists.“
More at SF Streetsblog, but holy moley, Reardon, you really need to lay off on whatever it is you’re smoking. Automobiles kill 1.3 million people worldwide, with over 40,000 of those deaths in the United States, and speed is often a major factor in those deaths.
I’m sure a rider on a bike making up (at most) 2% of traffic poses a “major hazard on our roadways” when compared to the multiple tens of thousands of cars and trucks, each weighing thousands of pounds, spewing toxic fumes and noise pollution, that kill literally hundreds of people very day. WashCycle does a good job quantifying a few of the differences between bicycles and automobiles.