The Top 5 U.S. States with the Most Cyclist Traffic Fatalities

  State Cyclist Fatalities
(2011)
Cyclist Fatality Rate
(per million population)
% of Total Traffic Fatalities
1 Florida 125 6.56 5.2%
2 California 114 3.02 4.1%
3 New York 57 2.93 4.9%
4 Texas 43 1.67 1.4%
5 Illinois 27 2.10 2.9%
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  1. In 2011, 677 pedalcyclists were killed in the United States and an additional 48,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Pedalcyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities and made up 2 percent of the people injured in traffic crashes during the year. (a.)
  2. The number of pedalcyclists killed in 2011 is 9 percent higher than the 623 pedalcyclists killed in 2010. Alcohol involvement was reported in more than 37 percent of all fatal pedalcyclist crashes in 2011.(a.)
  3. The majority of pedalcyclist fatalities in the United States in 2011 occurred in urban areas (69%) and at non-intersections (59%). Most of these fatalities, 201 (30%), occurred between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7:59 p.m. The second highest number of fatalities, 142 (21%), occurred between the hours of 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. The fewest pedalcyclist fatalities occurred between the hours of midnight and 3:59 a.m. (a.)
  4. The majority of the pedalcyclists killed or injured in 2011 were males (85% and 78%, respectively). The highest number of male fatalities were between the ages of 45–54 (130), and the most males injured were between 16–20 (6,000). In 2011, the pedalcyclist fatality rate per capita was almost six times higher for males than for females, and the injury rate per capita was almost four times higher for males. (a.)
  5. In 2011, the average age of pedalcyclists killed in traffic crashes was 43. During the past 10 years, there has been a steady increase in the average age of pedalcyclists killed and injured on American roads. Pedalcyclists ages 45–54 had the highest fatality rate (3.51) based on population, however, the highest injury rate (380) occurred in the 16–20 age group. The age group 16 and younger accounted for 10 percent of all pedalcyclists killed and 19 percent of all those injured in traffic crashes in 2011, compared to 23 percent of those killed and 39 percent of those injured in 2002. (a.)
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  1. U.S. Department of Transportation: National Highway Traffic Safety Association. (2011). Traffic Safety Facts: "Bicyclists and Other Cyclists". Please visit the source here
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Sources:  U.S. Department of Transportation: National Highway Traffic Safety Association. (2011). Traffic Safety Facts. "Bicyclists and Other Cyclists".

List Notes: Data is U.S. states with the most pedalcyclist traffic fatalities for the year 2011. Pedalcyclist fatality rate is rate per million population. Bicyclists and other cyclists for the purposes of this list include riders of two-wheel nonmotorized vehicles, tricycles, and unicycles powered solely by pedals.
U.S. States with the Most Cyclist Traffic Fatalities

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