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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:


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.


2 responses

  1. armadillozack

    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

    November 22, 2017 at 12:03 pm

  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.

    November 24, 2017 at 10:54 am