The number of bicyclists killed in crashes on U.S. road is on the rise, particularly among adult males and urban riders, groups that now represent most of the deaths, a new report shows.
Failure to wear helmets, alcohol impairment and an increase in urban commuting were among the factors sited as reasons for the recent spike in deaths.
Fatalities among bicyclists in motor vehicle crashes increased 16 percent from 2010 to 2012, while overall motor vehicle fatalities increased just one percent during the same time period, according to Spotlight on Highway Safety: Bicyclist Safety, released late last month by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a nonprofit organization representing state highway safety offices.
The report analyzed how fatality trends and crash patterns have changed since the mid 1970′s.
Some highlights from the report about bicyclists killed in 2012:
-More than 1 in 4 adult were legally drunk
-More than two-thirds were not wearing helmets
- Nearly three-quarters were adult males