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These Are the Most Dangerous States for Cyclists

U.S. News & World Report logo U.S. News & World Report 1/13/2020 Casey Leins
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California, Florida and Texas are the most dangerous states for cycling, according to a recent report released by CarInsurance.org.

The report found that the three states accounted for about 41% of the nation's cyclist fatalities between 2014 and 2017. Nationally, cycling fatalities per 100,000 bike commuters is at an all-time high, increasing by 25% from 2010 to 2017, the report states.

According to the report, the number of bike commuters has remained steady over recent years, with nearly 800,000 Americans cycling to work in 2017. When comparing fatalities per 100,000 bike commuters, CarInsurance.com found that Southeastern states had the most fatalities despite having below-average rates of bike commuters.

The report also looked at cycling fatalities at the city level and found that 13 of the 20 most dangerous cities for cyclists are located in California, Florida or Texas. To identify the most dangerous cities for drivers, CarInsurance.com compared data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System to population data from the U.S. Census Bureau for cities with a population of 100,000 or more.

Cape Coral, Florida, ranked No. 1, with 1,333 annual bike fatalities per 100,000 commuters and four bike fatalities between 2014 and 2017. Abilene, Texas, followed with 1,116 annual bike fatalities per 100,000 commuters. San Bernardino, California; Dayton, Ohio; and Pompano Beach, Florida, rounded out the top five most dangerous cities for cyclists.

According to a 2019 report by Smart Growth America, the number of pedestrians killed has also increased over recent years, jumping by 35% from 2008 to 2017. During that time period, 49,340 people were killed by a car while walking across the street. This is equivalent to more than 13 fatalities per day.

Among CarInsurance.com's other findings:

  • Adults ages 45 to 64 account for more than 40% of all bike fatalities between 2014 and 2017.
  • Bike fatalities are far more likely to occur on open roads. More than 60% of bike fatalities occurred on an open road away from an intersection.
  • Approximately 16% of cyclists involved in fatal accidents were known to be wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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