Bicycle safety is an important and often overlooked precaution that drivers and cyclists need to be more aware of. In 2015, there were more than 45,000 bicycle-related injuries in the United States; California is ranked second in the U.S. for cyclist deaths. In our latest infographic, learn the dangers of ignoring bike safety and how to best protect yourself from accidents.
5 Cycling Safety Facts for California Riders
More than 80 million cyclists share the roads with motor vehicles every year. In 2015 alone, there were nearly 45,000 bicycle-related injuries nationwide.
- Top 4 States With the Highest Number of Bicycle- Related Deaths
- Florida: 150 Deaths in 2015
- California: 129 Deaths in 2015
- Texas: 50 Deaths in 2015
- New York: 36 Deaths in 205
- 2010 date shows fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries resulted in a total lifetime medial cost of $10 billion.
- Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 60% and brain injury by 58%.
- In California...
- It is illegal to ride a bicycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- A light must be attached to the front of the bike when cycling at night.
- Riders must obey traffic signs, especially stop signs.
- Cyclists must ride on the right side of the street with traffic.
- The average age of the bicyclists killed between 2006 and 2015 rose from 41 to 45 years old.