The rapid growth in the popularity of bicycle riding in recent years has been accompanied by an increase in the number of accident fatalities to pedal cyclist. Two tables are presented which examine the death rate among riders of pedal cycles by type of accident in the U.S., 1960 to 1974 and by age in the U.S., 1965 to 1974, respectively. Although accident fatalities resulting from colisions with moving motor vehicles are high, nonfatal injuries are more numerous from cycling accidents not involving motor vehicles. A study compilied by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that bicycles head the list of products in product related injuries attributable to loss of control due to carelessness, improper braking, double riding, striking bumps or ruts and mechanical or structural failure. In bicycle-motor vehicle accidents, studies have shown that it is usually the bicyclist who is at fault because of a disregard of basic traffic laws. With the increasing use of pedal cycles in urban areas, government agencies and private organizations have stepped up their efforts in the promotion of bicycle safety by giving special consideration to the development or bikepaths and bikeways and to the establishment of regulations for cyclist using public roads.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

    1 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10010
  • Publication Date: 1976-6

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  • Accession Number: 00141147
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM