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A Snow Bicycle of the number of passengers carried for OVER the snow by bicycle is an idea
each one killed and injured. In America, ever fascinating to the mind of in
during the fiscal year 1905, one passenger ventive turn.. The illustration shows a
was killed for every 1,375,856 carried, German device for the use of bicycle en
and one injured out of every 70,655. In thusiasts—who are, by the way, much
Great Britain the average for thirty-one more numerous in Europe than in Amer
years was one passenger killed for every ica—in pursuing their favorite sport even
34,464,892 carried, and one injured out of when the land is white with snow. The
each 3,023,995. It would thus appear that it is about thirty times as dangerous to ride upon an American as a British train.
In spite of this enormous death-roll in America, however, a curious indifference is manifested by the public and by legislative bodies. In Great Britain there appears to be a determination on the part of both the law-making powers and the railways to make even smaller the already low percentage of accidents, and more stringent laws and regulations are every year being adopted and enforced.
One of the best reasons for the comparatively small number of accidents in Great Britain as compared with America, is the more solid construction of the British roadbeds, the tracks of the most unimportant branch lines, as well as the trunk lines, being well ballasted. There is also in Great Britain an almost uniform absence of grade crossings in cities, a thorough protection of highway crossings in the country, and a very general use of tunnels and bridges to reach the trains at railway stations.
The small number of British passenfirst wheel of an ordinary bicycle is re- gers killed in 1905, was the largest, howmoved and the runner device substituted. ever, since 1889, though the number in
jured was far below the average for Railways as Man
many years past. Fewer passengers
were killed and more injured in 1905 Killers
than usual by the movement of trains, DURING the year ending June 30, as distinguished from train accidents. It
1905, there were killed by the rail is asserted that practically all of these roads of the United States 9,703 persons, casualties were due to the carelessness while 86,008 were injured. During the of the passengers themselves rather than year 1905, in Great Britain, but 1,099 to any negligence on the part of the persons were killed, and 6,459 persons railway employes. injured. Of the American killed, 537 A collision or derailment occurred in were passengers, and of the British, 39 Great Britain only once for each 2.014,were passengers. All but one of these 689 train miles run, a gain of 34 per 39 deaths were due to four collisions and cent over 1904. This improvement is derailments. Three hundred and forty- said to be due to the use of continuous one American passengers were killed in brakes, and the growing care and cirthe same class of accidents.
cumspection exercised by railway emA most astonishing comparison is that ployes.
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