The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released its 2010 Traffic Safety Facts report for Bicyclists.
The report summarizes national data on traffic fatalities and injuries involving bicyclists.
- Nearly 3/4 of fatal crashes occurred in urban areas
- 2/3 of these happened at non-intersection locations
- Over 1/2 of fatal crashes happen between 4 pm & midnight
- About a third of fatal crashes involved alcohol
- The bicycle crash fatality rate is 7 times higher for men, and the injury rate is 3 times higher for men than women*
- The average age of a cyclist in a fatal crash is 39; For injuries, the average age is 29
- There were 18 fatalities in 2010, or 1.85/million residents, which is slightly lower than the US average of 2.00/million**
* This is most likely attributable to the higher rates of cycling by men
** It is worth noting that the 2012 Benchmarking Report by the Alliance for Biking and Walking demonstrates that Georgia has one of the highest crash rates when they are viewed as crashes per 10,000 cyclists.