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Bicycle Accident Statistics

General Bike Accident Statistics

  • About 85 million American adults ride a bike at least occasionally.
  • In Pennsylvania, children ages 5 to 14 years old are the most at risk of death and injury from a bike accident or bike crash.
  • Bicycle crashes and injuries are under-reported, because the majority of bike accident injuries are not serious enough for emergency room visits.

2009 National Bicycle Accident Statistics

  • In 2009, 630 bicyclists were killed and 51,000 were injured.
  • Pedalcyclist deaths made up 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic deaths.
  • While 630 bikers did lose their lives, the number is 12 percent lower than in 2008.
  • The majority of bicyclist deaths occurred in urban areas (70 percent).
  • Nearly 75 percent of bikers were killed between 4 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Nearly 20 percent were killed between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight.

2009 Pennsylvania Bicycle Accident Statistics

  • In 2009, there were 16 bicyclist deaths. which is twice as many as in 2008.
  • There were 1,380 crashes involving bicycles in 2009, and while there were more deaths, there were fewer injuries overall.
  • Children ages 5 to 14 were most vulnerable to death and injury while riding a bicycle. Nearly one-third of the total number were in this age group.
  • Most of the deaths occurred at non-intersections (62.5 percent).
  • Ages 20 to 34 had the highest number of injuries at 363.

2008 National Bicycle Accident Statistics

  • In 2008, 716 bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents, a slight increase from 2007.
  • There was a 21% increase in the number of bicyslists injured in 2008, totaling 52,000.
  • Bicyclist deaths in 2008 accounted for 2% of all traffic fatalities during the year.
  • About 53,000 bicyclists have died in traffic crashes in the United States since 1932.
  • Bicyclists accounted for 14% of all non-occupant traffic fatalities in 2008.
  • Bicycle rider fatalities occurred more frequently in urban areas (69%), at non-intersection locations (64%), and between 5 and 9 at night (28%).
  • The average age of bicyclists killed in traffic accidents in 2008 was 41. The average age for those injured was 31.

2008 Pennsylvania Bicycle Accident Statistics

  • In 2008, there were 8 bicyclist deaths and 1,419 bicyclist injuries in Pennsylvania.
  • Bicycle crashes represent 1.1% of the total reported crashes and 0.5% of all traffic deaths.
  • Bicyclists between ages 15 and 19 suffered one death and 17% of the total injuries in Pennsylvania in 2008.
  • In 2008, children ages 5 to 14 accounted for 25% of the total bicyclist deaths in Pennsylvania.
  • Bicyclists between 35 and 44 years of age accounted for 37.5% of all bicyclist deaths in Pennsylvania in 2008.
  • 75% of total bicyclist deaths in 2008 occured in non-daylight conditions.
  • Exactly 75% of the deaths of bicyclists occurred on state roads in 2008, while 56% of the injuries occurred on non-state roads.

2007 National Bicycle Accident Statistic

  • In 2007, bicyclists accounted for 698 of the 41,059 deaths from auto accidents.
  • 44,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents in 2007.
  • Bicyclist deaths accounted for 2% of all traffic fatalities in 2007.
  • In 2007, the average age of bicyclists killed in accidents was 40.
  • Bicycle riders under 16-years-old accounted for 15% of all bicyclists killed and 29% of those injured in traffic crashes in 2007.
  • In 33% of the crashes, either the driver or the cyclist was reported to have a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • Most of the bicyclists killed (88%) or injured (83%) in 2007 were males.
  • In 2007, the bicyclist fatality rate was eight times higher for males than for females, and the injury rate was more than five times higher for males.

2007 Pennsylvania Bicycle Accident Statistics

  • 1,426 injuries and 20 deaths were the result of traffic crashes involving bicyclists in 2007.
  • In general, children ages 5-14 are the most vulnerable to death and injury in bicycle accidents.
  • Adults ages 20-34 accounted for the largest percentage of fatalities (35%) and the highest percentage of injuries (22.8%).

2006 National Bicycle Accident Statistics

  • In 2006, 773 bicyclists were killed in accidents.
  • 44,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic crashes.
  • Bicyclist deaths accounted for 2% of all traffic fatalities.
  • Bicylcist injuries accounted for 2% of all people injured in traffic accidents.
  • Bicylcists accounted for 13% of all nonoccupant traffic deaths.
  • The average age of bicyclists killed in accidents in 2006 was 41, the average age of those injured was 30.
  • Bicycle accidents accounted for the most injuries to children in 2006. Nearly 240,000 children received emergency room treatment for bicycle-related injuries.
  • Bicyclists under the age of 16 accounted for 14% of all bicyclists killed in accidents and 28% of those injured.
  • 88% of the bicyclists that were killed in 2006 were male. 82% of those injured were male.
  • More than one-third of all bicycle accidents that resulted in bicyclist fatalities were alcohol-related.
  • Bicyclist deaths occurred more frequently in urban areas (73%) and at non-intersection locations (68%).
  • Fatalities occurred most frequently between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. (27%).
  • Bike rider deaths were most common during the summer months (33%).

2006 Pennsylvania Bicycle Accident Statistics

  • Traffic crashes involving bicyclists resulted in 1,310 injuries and 13 deaths in 2006.
  • In general, children ages 5-14 are the most vulnerable to death and in bicycle accidents.
  • In 2006, adults ages 20-34 accounted for the largest percentage of deaths, 23.1%. Children ages 10-14 had the highest percentage of injuries, 25.2%.