The roads are more dangerous for Ohio cycling enthusiasts than it has been in many years. A recent report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) indicated that 966 bicycle riders were killed on U.S. roads in 2021. This number marks the most deaths recorded since 1975. It also represents an increase from 948 in 2020 and 858 in 2019.
Bicycle fatalities are increasing every year
Cycling fatalities have been increasing for many years despite the measures proposed by highway safety experts. State authorities have failed to provide proper bike safety lanes, which are common in other areas of the country. It’s difficult for cyclists to remain safe on the road when they do not have established travel lanes.
Bicyclist fatalities in urban areas of the country have increased by 62% since 2012. Fatal bike crashes made up 2.2% of all traffic deaths in 2021. The number of non-fatal injuries for bicyclists recorded in 2021 was 41,615. This figure represents a 7% increase from the total recorded in 2020.
Avoiding bicycle crashes
Bicycle accidents can be avoided by taking a number of strategic safety measures. Among the most important measures is to keep well within the assigned bike lanes on roads and highways. If no lanes exist, bike riders are advised to stay as close to the shoulder of the road as possible. This will help them minimize the potential for contact with motor vehicles.
Bicycle riders should also wear reflective gear, especially at night. This is one of the best ways to be seen by pedestrians and motor vehicles. Should you come near another vehicle, make sure to stay out of its blind spot. If a road doesn’t feature a bike lane, you should consider taking another route.