The Toronto Star has an interesting series on the conflict between cars and bikes in Toronto. But if you really want to know which side of the conflict to weep for, I suggest you read this:
Q: Is there a misconception about who causes more accidents? Is it drivers or cyclists?That's a staff physician at St. Mikes. This is a pretty one-sided war.
A: A New York study called Killed By Automobile took a look at over 1,000 traffic fatalities involving vulnerable road users, with an eye to figuring out who was primarily at fault.
The study showed that drivers were largely culpable in 74 per cent of all of accidents and partially culpable in another 16 per cent. Interestingly, one of the big findings was ... that 97 per cent of the drivers in cases of fatal accidents involving cyclists were male. It is highly unlikely to get that kind of statistic by random chance. One of the things we know about young men is that they tend to be the most aggressive drivers on the road. If you take a look at statistics around street racing and other indicators of aggressive driving, young males are the group that are overrepresented. This says there is something about the way particular groups of people drive that puts vulnerable road users at higher risk.