Bicycle trips account for only 1% of all trips in the United States. However, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash related injury and deaths than occupants in motor vehicles.
Deaths and Injuries
In 2015 in the United States, over 1,000 bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries.
How can bicycle-related injuries and deaths be prevented?
Effective interventions to reduce injuries and fatalities to bicyclists include the following:
• Bicycle helmets- Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash. All bicyclists, regardless of age, can help protect themselves by wearing properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride.
• Bicycle helmet laws- Bicycle helmet laws are effective for increasing helmet use and reducing crash-related injuries and deaths among children and adults.
Interventions that have shown promise for reducing injuries and fatalities to bicyclists include the following:
• Active lighting and rider visibility
- Fluorescent clothing can make bicyclists visible from further away than regular clothing during the daytime.
- Retro-reflective clothing can make bicyclists more visible at night.
- Active lighting can include front white lights, rear red lights, or other lighting on the bicycle or bicyclist. This lighting may improve the visibility of bicyclists.
*Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control