bicycle fatalities across the U.S. dropped for a second straight year in 2007 to 698 deaths, representing a 9.5% decrease from the previous year.
For Rhode Island, the bicycle statistics are
1 fatalities; 1.4% of total traffic fatalities; 0.95 deaths per 1 million population;
The NHTSA reports there were a total of 69 traffic fatalities in 2007. When you factor in the fact that there were 13 pedestrian fatalities, this means that just over 20% of the fatalities were inflicted upon non-motorized forms of travel. My friends, this is simply unacceptable. I have yet to be able to find the dollar amount spent for safety projects in Rhode Island, but I highly doubt we would see that 20% of those dollars are put towards increasing pedestrian a cyclist safety. Does anyone have pointers to this information?