Sunday, March 24, 2013

Latest bike hazard statistics available

The latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety statistics about bikes are available:

(edit 3/2014: now all these fatality fact sheets are under

Riskiest riding seems to involve men over 20 years of age, riding at dusk, urban areas, being drunk, or riding without a helmet. So the impression you get of who is a dangerous rider when you're out on Milwaukee Ave seems to be accurate. Notice that although the demographics of riders have changed a lot over time, the absolute overall fatalities have remained relatively constant. Are there more riders total now than in the 1970s and 1980s? Was there a group of especially unsafe boys growing up in the mid-1970s who are still getting into accidents? Interesting statistics.  

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