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Bicycle Safety

Posted on | May 21, 2009 | No Comments

From Berkeley, CA street signs

According to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News:

“Florida had 119 bicyclists killed in 2007—the most in the country, according to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Second was California with 109 bicyclist fatalities in 2007, even though California has twice the population of Florida.

The total number of bicyclists killed in the country was 698 in 2007. Florida had 28 percent of all the bicyclist fatalities in the U.S. in ’07.”

2007 is the most up to date data available for cycling fatalities. The fact that Florida is statistically the most dangerous state to ride a bicycle in is not welcome news but before you hang up your bicycle let’s put that statistic in context. According to multiple studies you are less likely to get killed riding a bicycle then walking or riding in a car.

Ecovelo posted numbers from one study:

Activity Fatalities Per Million Hours of use
On-road Motorcycling 8.80
Living (all causes of death) 1.53
Automobile Driving .47
Bicycling .26

Cyclist fatalities were down from 2006 to 2007 according to the Florida statistics. Let’s work on making that a trend. New emission and mileage standards should result in lighter cars (which contrary to popular belief will make the roads much safer) and will hopefully make local government more environmentally conscious. More bicycles, less cars and lighter, more efficient vehicles -sounds good to me.

FLHSMV Traffic Crash Statistics Report 2007

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