Last updated: November 23, 2020, 3:15 A.M. MST
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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
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