Don’t be cycling statistic!

718 bicyclists deaths in 2008 drops to 630 in 2009. That’s a 12% improveent but the stats provided by the Hantional Highway Safety Administration don’t help us explain the drop or say whether it is a fluke. This is the lowest fatality rate for cyclists since 2003’s 629.

Cyclist fatalities are scary when you look at them like this. Still cycling is pretty safe compared to all the other interesting ways we find to kill ourselves. The active verb is intentional. Many of those cycling death  though not all, could have been avoided. Most cycling accidents are caused by a cyclist riding the wrong way or behaving in an unpredictable manner. You can learn to manage traffic cycling to improve your odds of avoiding becoming a statistics.

Check out the TRC education page.

Bicycle traffic fatalities continued to decline in 2009

by Gene Bisbee at 09:48AM (PDT) on September 9, 2010  |  Permanent LinkCosmos

Traffic fatalities involving bicyclists dropped 12% in 2009, marking the second lowest number of bicycling deaths recorded by the Department of Transportion in the past 10 years.

Although 630 traffic deaths of bicyclists is still too many, the overall decrease is a good sign considering the increase in cycling that many have observed in the past few years.

The figures were included in a report issued by the Department of Transportation on Thursday that showed the number of people dying on America’s highways dropped 9.7% between 2008 and 2009, to its lowest level since 1950.

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Table 1
Occupants and Nonoccupants Killed and Injured in Traffic Crashes
Description
Killed
Injured
2008
2009
Change
% Change
2008
2009
Change
% Change
Total*
37,423
33,808
-3,615
-9.7%
2,346,000
2,217,000
-129,000
-5.5%
Occupants
Passenger Vehicles
25,462
23,382
-2,080
-8.2%
2,072,000
1,976,000
-96,000
-4.6%
Passenger Cars
14,646
13,095
-1,551
-11%
1,304,000
1,216,000
-88,000
-6.7%
Light Trucks
10,816
10,287
-529
-4.9%
768,000
759,000
-9,000
-1.2%
Large Trucks
682
503
-179
-26%
23,000
17,000
-6,000
-26%
Motorcycles
5,312
4,462
-850
-16%
96,000
90,000
-6,000
-6.3%
Non-occupants
Pedestrians
4,414
4,092
-322
-7.3%
69,000
59,000
-10,000
-14%
Pedalcyclists
718
630
-88
-12%
52,000
51,000
-1,000
-1.9%
Other/Unknown
188
150
-38

9,000
7,000
-2,000

Source: Fatalities – FARS 2008 (Final), 2009 (ARF), Injured – NASS GES 2008, 2009 Annual Files
* Total includes occupants of buses and other/unknown occupants not shown in table.
Changes in injury estimates shown in bold are statistically significant.
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