HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Centers for Disease Control report says that people on bicycles face a higher risk of injury and death during an accident than people in cars.
Statistics from 2010 show approximately 800 bicyclists were killed in the U.S. An estimated 515,000 visited the emergency room due to bicycle-related injuries in the 2010 study.
Cyclists 15-24 and those 45 and older have the highest death rates. Men are much more likely to be killed or injured on bicycles, and most cyclist deaths occur in urban areas and at non-intersection locations.
The Alabama Bicycle Coalitions offers some safety tips (PDF) for motorists in advance of their meeting a cyclist while sharing the roads. Among them:
- Treat cyclists like any other vehicle
- Expect cyclists to use the full lane
- Do not drive side-by-side or close behind a cyclist
- Allow a minimum of three feet
- Scan traffic intersections
- Do not honk, yell or otherwise harass cyclists