Fatal Bicycle Accidents Peaked in 2016June 12, 2019
The League of American Bicyclists released a report recently, which found a startling trend in fatal bicycle accidents in the United States. According to the report, there were more bicyclists killed in 2016, compared to any other year since 1991. Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that there were 840 recorded fatal bicycle accidents in 2016, which is the first time since 1991 that the annual bicycle fatalities rose above 836. Despite efforts to improve road safety for bicyclists, the death toll remains too high.
For the past several decades, between 600 and 800 cyclists have been fatally injured in traffic accidents. From 2006 to 2016, the average number of fatal accidents hovered at 800 per year. Many cities across the country developed programs and strategies to dramatically reduce the number of bicycle accidents. Major cities like New York, Austin, Denver, and Los Angeles have implemented several Vision Zero initiatives to not only reduce cyclist and pedestrian fatalities, but to end them entirely. Examples of initiatives include new bike lanes, bike-friendly road designs, increased signage, and other safety improvements.
Current Efforts are Not Enough
According to the research director at People for Bikes, there is a dangerous trend of an increase in bicycle fatalities. Despite the decreased deaths in 2017, the death rate has been up an average of two percent over the past five years. This reflects the number of people who are fatally injured, as well as the number of people who are riding their bikes, particularly those who bike to work. Data from the American Community Survey showed that there was a 6.4 percent increase in the number of people who commuted to work, and more cyclists have been killed over the past five years.
Other factors that may contribute to the rise in bicycle fatalities include an increased number of drivers on the road, more people driving larger cars and SUVs, a rise in distracted driving, and an increase in population density in certain areas. Certain states have much lower fatality rates compared to other states. Proactive changes in policy, infrastructure, education, and investments in community efforts focused on bicycling and walking can make a big difference.
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