Danger zones for bicyclists
- Nearly 70 percent of all fatal bicycle crashes involve head injuries. To reduce that risk, check out this article on proper helmeting.
- 51 percent of bicycle-related deaths occur between 3 and 9 p.m.
- 71 percent of bike fatalities occur in urban areas
- 35 percent of bicycle-related deaths occur in intersections
- 79 percent of injured bike riders are 16 years and older
- Alcohol is involved in over 34 percent of crashes resulting in bicyclist deaths.
- Males represent 75 percent of bicycle-related injuries.
Tips for safe riding
- Bicyclists must adhere to traffic rules of the road, which include riding in the same direction as traffic and obeying traffic signs and signals.
- Ride in bike lanes when available.
- Use hand signals to indicate changes in direction.
- Watch for cracks, bumps and obstacles in the road.
- Call out “on your left” before passing someone on the left or use a bell.
- Be a courteous rider: Slow your speed and yield if possible when near other riders or pedestrians.
- Look left-right-left before entering an intersection.
- Use a bike that fits you properly, is in good working order, and has good brakes.
- Wear shoes that prevent slippage and protect the feet with closed-toe shoes.
- Be visible by wearing light clothing and using reflectors and lights.
- Covert mission: How I sneaked a bike safety talk into a regular old bike ride
- Bicycle, Skating and Scooter Safety
- What You Need to Know about Bike Safety
– The Beaumont, Royal Oak ThinkFirst chapter. Learn more here.
ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention