Visibility matters for cyclists, particularly to help prevent serious, potentially fatal accidents. Research published in Safety Science found that in a controlled trial of 6,793 cyclists, the test group wearing a yellow vest to stay visible experienced 55 percent fewer accidents with cars.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in 2017. That does not include the 137,000 people who required emergency care for non-fatal injuries.
While solo bicycle accidents are more common, collisions with cars and trucks pose a greater safety hazard. Similar to motorcycle riders, cyclists have little to no protection in an accident.
In recent years, fatal pedestrian accidents have been on the rise in Connecticut. In response to the growing statistics, a Pedestrian Safety Bill was proposed in 2020 and passed in the State Senate after a round of revisions in May 2021.
Through May 2021, nearly 3,900 nursing home residents in Connecticut have died as a result of COVID-19 and over 14,000 others were infected. In response to these figures, Yale University recently released a report titled “We Were Abandoned: How Connecticut Failed Nursing Home Workers and Residents During The COVID-19 Pandemic”.