Earlier this year, I discussed how 2016 saw an all-time high in the number of traffic fatalities in the United States.
According to Consumer Reports, the number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities hit a record in 2016 too.
Approximately 6,000 pedestrians were killed in this country as a result of being hit by a car in 2016. Bicycle deaths hit a 25 year high with 840.
Similarly, the Wall Street Journal last week reported that serious bicycle injuries are on the rise in the U.S. A big reason for this is the increase in bike share programs in cities like New York and Beverly Hills.
Bicyclists should remember to wear helmets. Riders under 18 are required to wear them under California law. There are other important bicycle safety tips which you can find here.
Let’s hope that with improved awareness of the alarming increase in the number of pedestrian and bicycle deaths, we can stem the tide of this tragic uptick.
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