Bicycling fatalities have been on the rise far more than we expected, since the number of cyclists are also increasing. Florida and other states have expanded prevention efforts, according to a new report by a safety advocacy group. in 2015, 818 bicyclists died, and that was the most recent data available.
That was more than a 12 percent increase over the previous year and the largest jump since the mid-1990s, according to “A Right to the Road: Understanding & Addressing Bicyclist Safety,” published by the Governors Highway Safety Association and funded by the State Farm insurance company.
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report earlier this year, the largest number of fatalities in 2015 occurred in Florida with 150 and in California with 129. In the previous year, Florida had 139 deaths and California had 128.
Fischer said the rise in fatalities in 2015 may have stemmed from increasing numbers of cars on the road, which adds to the risks bicycle riders face.
Also emphasized in the “Right to the Road” report, most of those killed while riding a bike were men, at 85 percent, and the average age of those who died rose from 39 in 2004 to 45 in 2015.
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