2007 Bicycling Fatalities



2007 Bicycling Fatalities

crimesceneI happened upon upon a post on the Bike Bis blog, referencing the 2007 annual report on bicycle fatalities (pdf).  Of note in the report is the fact that

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?


  • Alan Barta
    Apr 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    It's generally acknowledged (FWHA, USDOT) that pedestrian fatalities occur where there is no infrastructure for walking. The most likely place to be run down is in a parking lot. This is a good reason to avoid malls that don't have a sidewalk which you can access from the parking spot.

    It's a sad reality that they routinely put in bushes, mulch and trees, which are cheaper than paving, and people invariably make a path through them. There are guidelines for developers, but they only think, "How can we park as many cars as cheaply as possible."

  • Alan Barta
    May 1, 2009 at 6:04 am

    A good place to get run down cycling or walking is the new Lowe's/Stop & Shop Plaza, where (RI directions) Apex used to be, Lambert Lind Higway, RI-5, Warwick, which used to be the only safe way to ride N-S through Warwick. They are intent on parking cars, note safeguarding pedestrians, those motorists who park.

    From the saddle, it seems as though Warwick would rather appease big franchise stores than commit to public safety. This after I was assured by RIDOT they would provide a bike lane. Not only did they lie about that, they completely removed the shoulder for Lamber Lind and in line Greenwich Avenue to Apponaug. Beyond lies the bike lanes of US 1… at least for now!

    RI cyclists are losing infrastructure faster than they are providing narrow crowded alternatives.