Finally someone started running the statistics on this.
Alex over at Westsidebikeside has the scoop:
“LAPD Sergeant David Krumer and Commander David Doan sorted through massive collision data for 2008, and found that in 2008, 23% of bike involved traffic collisions are Hit & Run – 3% were misdemeanor and 20% were felony. This was just one statistic of many in a report on bike collisions in LA in 2008. You can see a preliminary report here – BikeTrafficCollisions2008“
This is a great step considering the history between the LAPD and cyclists.