Creating Safe Environments For Bicyclists – Part 1 of 3
Creating Safe Environments For Bicyclists. The hundred of bicyclist fatalities in the United States is increasing, particularly among adults in major cities, a recent swotting shows. After decreasing from 1975 to 2010, the number of bicyclists killed annually increased by 16 percent from 2010 to 2012. More than 700 bicyclists died on US roads in 2012, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The about also reported that the percentage of these deaths that occur in densely populated urban areas has risen from 50 percent in 1975 to 69 percent in 2012.
So “We’ve seen a easy trend over time where more adults are bicycling in cities, so we need cities to develop ways for cyclists and motorists to share the road,” said report architect Allan Williams, former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But, the report also pointed out that many of the deaths were potentially preventable. Two-thirds of the deaths occurred in people who weren’t wearing a helmet, the researchers found. And, in 2012, almost 30 percent of the deaths were in citizenry who had a blood alcohol content level above the legal driving limit of 0,08 percent, according to the study.
One of the biggest shifts in cycling deaths was the typical age of the victims. Eighty-four percent of bicycle deaths were in adults in 2012. That compares to just 21 percent in 1975, according to the study. Overall, grown-up males accounted for 74 percent of the bicyclists killed in 2012, the researchers reported. The new research also found that states with high populations and multiple cities accounted for the manhood of bicycle fatalities.