How safe is it to ride your bike?

We all agree that riding a bicycle is great exercise and better for the environment than driving.  But how safe is it to ride your bicycle?

In 2015, 818 bicyclists were killed in accidents, which is a 12% increase from 10 years prior.

Over 45,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic.

Of the number who were killed in bicycle accidents, 7% were children.

The average age of a bicyclist killed was 45.  Males made up 87% of the total.

The majority of crashes occurred in the city, with 70% of fatalities occurring in urban areas.

Of all fatalities, 27% of the bicyclists had been drinking alcohol and had a positive blood alcohol test.

Of all fatalities, 60% were not hearing a helmet.

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