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Risks vary by age and sex

  • Adults ages 55-69 have the highest bicycle death rates.3
  • Adolescents, teens, and young adults have the highest rates of bicycle-related injuries treated in emergency departments (EDs). People ages 10-24 account for nearly one-third of all bicycle-related injuries seen in US EDs.3
  • Male bicyclists have death rates 6 times higher and injury rates 5 times higher than females.3

Additional risk factors

  • Most bicyclist deaths occur in urban areas.2
  • About 64% of bicyclist deaths occur on sections of roads away from intersections (where higher speeds might occur) and 27% occur at intersections.2
  • About one-third of crashes that result in a bicyclist’s death involve alcohol for the motor vehicle driver and/or bicyclist.2