In 2018 857 bicyclists were killed
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A 6% increase from 2017
Bicyclists killed Average Age 47 up from 41 a decade ago
Men have 8x the bicycle fatality rate of women
Fatal Crashes: 75% occurred in an urban environment 20% bicyclists had a blood alcohol concentration >.08 g/dL
61% of Bicyclists killed in 2018 were not wearing helmets (helmet use was unknown for 24 percent).
Nonfatal Head injuries reduced 42% by bicycle helmet use
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- Bicyclists and other cyclists: 2017 data. Traffic Safety Facts. June 2019.
- Richard CM, Magee K, Bacon-Abdelmoteleb, et al. Countermeasures that work: a highway safety countermeasure guide for State Highway Safety Offices. 9th ed. Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; 2018.
- Fatality Facts 2018 Bicyclists. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Available at: https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/bicyclists.
Compiled by Michael J. Mello, MD, professor of emergency medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.