Information by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2011 revealed interesting statistics pertaining to bicyclists. Unfortunately, the information is not all positive.
In 2011, 677 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle accidents
In 2011, an additional 48,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents
Cyclist deaths accounted for 2% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths
2% of people injured in traffic crashes during that year were cyclists
Bicyclists and other cyclists include:
Riders of two-wheel non-motorized vehicles
All vehicles powered by pedals
The term “pedalcyclist” is used to identify all cyclists
WHERE DID THE MAJORITY OF CYCLISTS FATALITIES OCCUR IN 2011?
69% occurred in urban areas
59% occurred at non-intersections
The majority of fatalities (30%) occurred between 4 pm and 7:59 pm
The fewest fatalities occurred between midnight and 3:59 a.m.
AVERAGE AGE OF PEDALCYCLISTS KILLED AND INJURED
2011 – average age of death was 43
2011 – average age of injury was 32
The majority of cyclists killed or injured in 2011 were males (85% and 78%)
In 2011, the cyclists fatality rate per capita was almost six times higher for males than for females
The injury rate per capita was almost four times higher for males
More than ¼ of the cyclists killed in 2011 had a BAC of .01 and around ¼ had a BAC of .08 or higher.
Alcohol involvement for the driver of a motor vehicle or the cyclist was reported in more than 37% of the crashes resulting in death
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