Monday, October 28, 2019

More U.S. Cyclists Died in 2018 Than Any Other Year Since 1990

A report released this month by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that last year was the deadliest year for cyclists since 1990. Cyclist deaths in America rose by 6.3 percent from 2017 to 2018. The number of cyclist fatalities in 2018 (857 cyclists) is the highest it has been in almost 30 years. Male cyclist fatalities rose by 3.2 percent, while female cyclist fatalities rose by 29.2 percent.

Fatal accidents involving cyclists that occurred at night rose by 9.2 percent between 2017 and 2018, and fatalities due to drunk driving also increased by 9.2 percent. The NHTSA report states that since 2009, the number of cyclist fatalities in urban areas has risen by a disturbing 48 percent.

Drivers, pay attention and drive sober!

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso