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Traffic Crashes & Cyclist Fatalities: 2009 Data


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administraton has published its annual recap of cyclist fatalities for 2009. Some key stats:

  • 630 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes — about 2% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities
  • 51,000 bicyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes — about 2% of all people injuried in traffic crashes during 2009
  • The majority of fatal crashes (70%) took place in urban areas
  • 67% of fatalities occurred outside of intersections
  • 72% of fatalities occurred during daylight hours
  • The average age of cyclists killed was 41 while the average age of injured cyclists was 31
  • Most crash victims were male
  • About one-fourth of all cyclists killed in 2009 were legally drunk; alcohol-involvement involving either the motorist or the bicyclist was reported in 40% of all fatal crashes

In Minnesota, there were 421 total traffic fatalities, with cyclist fatalities representing 2.4% of that total (10 deaths).

Read the full report: 2009 Traffic Safety Facts – Bicycle Fatalities (PDF)

There is a very good recap of this report available from Biking Bis.

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Author: julie

Julie Kosbab is an online marketing consultant and active transportation advocate living in Anoka County, Minnesota. She was one of Minnesota's only League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors when certified in 2005. She is a past member of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association. She has 2 children and 4 bicycles. Find her on Twitter as @betweenstations.

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