The Low Road


“Hey, take my dirty hakama!” (revised)

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Part VI: Cycle Safety Facts

Cyclists have plenty to worry about in addition to belligerent drivers and unsympathetic cops. Consider these facts:

• 57 million Americans rode a bicycle in the last year, according to a 2002 report prepared by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

• nearly 500,000 people commute to work by bicycle, according to a 2000 U.S. Census estimate.

• 784 bicyclists were killed in accidents in 2005, up 26 percent from two years earlier, according to a U.S. DOT report released last year.

• 86 percent of those fatalities involved cyclists who weren’t wearing helmets.

• 720 cyclists died in accidents involving motor vehicles.

• 45,000 cyclists were injured in 2005, up 9.8 percent from the previous year.

• 66 percent of the bicycle fatalities occurred in urban areas, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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