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Bicyclist Safety

Published October 2014

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News Release: Bicyclist Fatalities a Growing Problem for Key Groups (October 27, 2014)

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Issue Brief

This GHSA Spotlight on Highway Safety report looks at the issue of bicyclist safety, analyzing how fatality trends and crash patterns have changed since the mid 1970's. Two areas of focus are helmet use and alcohol use by fatally injured cyclists.

The report also discusses actions to reduce collisions and injuries and outlines some current efforts in states and locations where bicyclist fatalities are occurring.

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16 percent increase in the number of bicyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes between 2010 and 2012.
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Bicyclist fatalities involving adults age 20 or older - 21 percent in 1975 and 84 percent in 2012
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Bicylist fatalities occurring in urban areas - 50 percen tin 1975 and 69 percent in 2012
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More than two-thirds of fatally injured bicyclists in 2012 were not wearing helmets.
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More than 1 in 4 adult bicylists killed in 2012 were alcohol-impaired.
PDF File [677 KB]