Everyone below is pretty much right.
If this figure is correct, 106,000 people die in the UK of smoking each year.
15,000 die of drink abuse.
There are around 100,000 reported accidents of cars hitting people, cyclists, motorcyclists etc per year!!
In an ideal World we should be encouraging everyone on to commuter bikes/bicycles and those commuter bikes should be protected from car drivers and commercials. As should cyclists. Oil is running out, the World is polluted and congestion reigns.
A road only used by motorcyclists or cyclists would last forever, cars and commercials break them up.
Nothing is done about dangerous car drivers, yet a car is much more dangerous that even a hand pistol or a shortgun firearm etc. How many car drivers have told us bikers that cars are quicker round corners, and how many times do we see cars coming towards us the opposite way, or in front or behind driving way beyond their driving capabilities and the cars grip levels trying to prove it, when we were just chugging through the countryside trying not to frighten the girlfriend or riding slowly enough so she doesnt get cold and refuse to come out again?
All car drivers seem to assume that all bikes except Harleys are flying/racing, when will they get it in to their thick skulls that ALL cars on public roads are very slow, the only way they can be quicker is to put pedestrians and other road users in danger, they HAVE to start driving kerb to white line and over just to hit a steady pace on roads with bends. A bike doesnt have to do this, and a standard very basic bike, ie £6,500 is much more capable than a typical family car of £9,000- £11,000. There arent many roll caged light bodied Porsches or rear areofoiled Caterhams running the roads, especially with tweaked suspension and soft compound tyres as on the car programmes bike vs car track tests, inevitebly driven round the track used for cars, ie bike chicanes missing, preferably on a damp or cold track day.
One out of every 100 or so will be complete nuttters in cars or on bikes, but there are a much higher percentage of car drivers seriously believe they are quicker in their family saloon when it comes to bends within the speed limits, it is frightening watching them from behind, never mind when they are coming the opposite way or following us in to a bend, all the Police have to do is stick a video camera in the verge and they would catch them.
I wouldnt mind seeing a break down of the stats of how many are bike riders nowhere near a car, involved in car collisions, hit by a car, car pulled out in front etc.
We fully accept bikers are more vulnerable, but no road designs at all are there to get bikers out of the way of cars in danger spots, yet commuter bikes would be a good answer to a lot of the traffic problems, especially when electric ones come of age.