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Bicycle Death Increasing Among Older Age Bracket

Steve Wagner

The Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently released an alarming report detailing the rising numbers of bicycle fatalities in some subsets of the population.

According to the report, the data from 2012 (the most recent year for statistics) shows that bicycle fatalities have jumped from a younger age bracket to an older age bracket in the last 30 years, with 84% of cyclist deaths now occurring with riders over the age of 20. In 1975, only 21% of bicycle fatalities were over 20 years of age.

In addition to this huge shift, bicycle deaths are also becoming an increasingly urban occurrence. In 2012, 69% of all fatalities on a bike occurred within a city, compared to only 50% in 1975. Researchers believe these numbers have jumped largely because of the increase of bicycle commuters in recent years.

Between 2010 and 2012, six states in our country held staggeringly high numbers when it came to bicycle deaths, with over 54% of traffic deaths in these states involving a bicycle accident.

We are thankful that Indiana is working so hard to decrease the number of bicycle deaths in our state, as well as raise awareness for safety for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers on our roadways. We all share the space, and we all need to better learn how to function together to get where we’re going! To learn more about the ongoing efforts to increase bicycle safety in Indiana, you can visit

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