Bike Danger Infographic

The Dangers with Bicycling in Cities

Frequent Causes of Bicycle Accidents

  • Inattentive driver
  • Drivers failing to yield to cyclists
  • Drivers opening door without looking
  • Defective bicycle parts
  • Negligence of commercial vehicles and trucks

Injured Sustained in Bicycle Accidents

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Death


Bicycle accident statistics

  • 630 bicyclists died on US roads in 2009
  • 74 were 14 or younger
  • 2%: bicyclists deaths represented of all 2009 traffic fatalities
  • Bicyclists 15 and under killed: 93
  • Bicyclists 15 and under injured: 13,000
  • Number of bicyclist injured in traffic rose sharply from 2007-2009 (43,000 in 2007 and 51,000 in 2009)
  • Average age of bicyclist killed on US roads: 41
  • Average age if a bicyclist injured on US roads: 31

Sampling of Laws Applicable to Protect Bicycle Riders

  • Drivers are to pass on the left side of cyclists with a safe distance separating them.
  • No person shall open the door of a vehicle until it is safe to do so.
  • The driver of a vehicle shall not drive or park in the designated bicycle lane.
  • Drivers shall yield to bicyclists making a left turn.
  • Drivers shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with a bicyclist.

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration / /

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