NHTSA cycling safety statistics overview

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the United States Department of Transportation, has this brief and informative cycling overview on their Bicyclists Road Safety website page (HERE). Good info for trike pilots to know:

OVERVIEW

As you might expect, when a crash occurs between motor vehicle and a bike, it is the cyclist who is most likely to be injured. Bicyclists accounted for 2 percent of all traffic deaths and 2 percent of all crash-related injuries in 2014. Bicyclist deaths occurred most often between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (20%) and in urban areas (71%). The vast majority of bicyclists killed were male (88%) and the largest number of males injured were between 20 to 24 years old. About one in five bicyclists (21%) killed in crashes had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher, the illegal alcohol level in all States. A large percentage of crashes can be avoided if motorists and cyclists follow the rules of the road and watch out for each other.

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Steve Greene is a naturalist, free thinker, and seeker of truth. He pursues absolute truth in all things, modifying his existence as supported by legitimate evidence. His ideological foundation rests on the respect of life, as he follows a path of health, serenity, and maximum functional longevity. He has authored eleven books, and is a noted authority on Death Valley National Park, human powered recumbent tricycle touring, health and fitness, and professional law enforcement. Steve has not owned a petroleum powered automobile since 2008, as part of his environmental preservation paradigm. He thrives on a whole food plant-based diet, exercises regularly (bodybuilding, hiking, cycling), and enjoys exploring the wilderness, beyond the bounds of human dominance. Harmony with nature tops his priorities.
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2 Responses to NHTSA cycling safety statistics overview

  1. armadillozack says:

    A regular cyclist who’s who and why..! Now if only all who are at risk will heed those warnings, we should be alright…!
    Armadillo Zack

  2. I ride my bike following the rules for cars. For example, if there’s a red light I keep myself behind the car and wait. And if I have to turn right in a corner, I make big hand gestures and look oncomer drivers in the eye with a smile.

    Yes, even in heavy traffic a friendly smile puts drivers at ease.

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