Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Data: Bicyclists and Other Cyclists

Bicyclists and other cyclists include riders of two-wheel nonmotorized vehicles, tricycles, and unicycles powered solely by pedals. Throughout this fact sheet the term pedalcyclists is used to identify these cyclists. The first automobile crash in the United States occurred in New York City in 1896, when a motor vehicle collided with a pedalcycle rider (Famous First Facts, by Joseph Kane). About 53,000 pedalcyclists have died in traffic crashes in the United States since 1932 — the first year in which estimates of pedalcyclist fatalities were recorded. The 350 pedalcyclists killed in 1932 accounted for 1.3% of the 27,979 persons who died in traffic crashes that year. In 2008, 716 pedalcyclists were killed and an additional 52,000 were injured in traffic crashes. Pedalcyclist deaths accounted for 2% of all traffic fatalities, and pedalcyclists made up 2% of all the people injured in traffic crashes during the year. The number of pedalcyclist fatalities in 2008 is 6% lower than the 760 fatalities reported in 1998. The highest number of pedalcyclist fatalities ever recorded in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) was 1,003 in 1975. Pedalcyclists accounted for 14% of all nonoccupant traffic fatalities in 2008. Additional statistics on pedalcyclist fatalities and injuries in 2008 are provided in this traffic safety fact sheet.


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  • Accession Number: 01141648
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-811 156
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2009 10:02AM