Last updated: February 27, 2021, 1:10 A.M. MST
To the Driver Who Hit Me and Ran
I was biking home when you barreled into me with your car and left me to die
The SUVs and Trucks We Love Are Killing People
Rugged, high-clearance, all-wheel-drive vehicles are great for getting out there—but at what cost to cyclists and pedestrians?
Here's What to Do if You're Hit by a Car
Being involved in a crash with a driver while on a bike or on foot is bad enough, but the trouble doesn’t always stop when you get yourself to safety. Navigating the justice and insurance systems afterward can also be an ordeal.
I Hit a Cyclist with My Car
A mountain guide, photographer, and cyclist had a sleepy moment on the road that resulted in her seriously injuring another rider. Here’s what she wants every driver to know.
This Is Our Chance to Reclaim Cities from Cars
The pandemic has led to an unexpected positive—people reclaiming streets in ways that have made urban America more bikeable, walkable, and enjoyable. Preserving that will take work, but it’s worth it.
They Went Out for a Bike Ride. They Never Came Home.
Nearly 700 people on bikes have been killed by drivers this year. This is who we lost.
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New York was the fourth-deadliest state for cyclists, and New York City in particular saw a significant increase in deaths during the past couple of years.
Don’t call it an accident.
Studies of fatal crashes from 2015 to 2019 found that:
involved a speeding driver
involved a drunk driver
were a hit-and-run
Our justice system favors drivers.
According to data collected by cycling advocate David Cranor for the nonprofit Greater Greater Washington, between 1971 and 2019, there were 132 cyclists killed by drivers in the Washington, D.C., area.
Of the drivers involved:
Higher speeds mean higher fatality rates. Below is the risk of serious injury or death when a person is hit by a vehicle at various speeds.
We’re driving more than ever.
The total miles driven by Americans from 1994 to 2017 increased by 854 billion, a 36 percent jump in 23 years.
We’re on our phones all the time.
of American adults admit to multitasking and driving
of drivers using a safe-driving app were actually distracted by electronics at some point while driving
We’re buying larger cars that keep getting larger—and are more likely to kill people on foot and on bikes.
The percentage of SUVs and trucks among new cars sold has ballooned.
A cyclist or pedestrian’s chances of dying increase by 50 percent if they are hit by an SUV or a truck instead of a sedan.
Research by Philip Kiefer
Illustration by James Round
With the help of the nonprofit BikeMaps.org, we analyzed the data we collected on bicyclists killed by drivers in 2020 and found some surprising takeaways
In the shadow of tragic events like this, can we raise awareness of the dangers cyclists face without scaring people away from bikes? And how do we maintain our own love of cycling?
It's time for Americans to confront our deadly speeding addiction.
A deeply personal story of one rider's painful saga—and what we can all learn from it
For Outside, bike safety is personal. We think something should be done. We think public policy needs to change.