Riding a bicycle in Michigan may be scary at times, especially when crossing a main road or riding at night. In 2009, 630 bicyclists died on US roads and represent 2% of all traffic fatalities for that year, and 51,000 additional cyclists were injured. Furthermore, listed below are additional bicycle statistics based off data collected from 2005 to 2010 compiled by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT):
- Michigan Children (ages 5-15) involvement in bicycle crashes is higher than national statistics: 32.4% compared to 26.8%. Thus, nearly one-third of this age group in Michigan is involved in a bicycle crash, and one-fourth of those (25.3%) are fatal/serious.
- Men are involved in 81% of all fatal bicycle crashes in Michigan.
- Bicycle crash locations are nearly evening spilt between intersections and non-intersections (49% to 51%).
- Despite the perceived safety of a signalized intersection, almost half of all fatal and serious injury bicycle accidents (48.9%) took place at signalized intersections.
- More than half of all fatal/serious injury bicycle accidents took place on two-lane roads (56.6%), followed by five-lane (13.8%); four-lane (12.9%) and three-lane (9.7%).
- Together, 25 and 30 mph streets (neighborhood and downtown streets) accounted for 75.5% of all bicycle crashes, but the majority of fatal bicycle crashes took place on streets/roads with a speed limit of 45 mph or greater even though they comprised only 19% of the crashes.
- Between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., 27.2% of fatal and serious bicycle crashes took place, followed by 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (21.8%); and 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (18.5%).
- Alcohol was involved for the motorist or bicyclist in 30% of the fatal and serious injury crashes.
To avoid being in a bicycle accident it is important to follow certain safety guidelines, these guidelines are listed below:
- First and foremost, every bicyclist should wear a properly fitted helmet - wearing a helmet can prevent 85% of brain injuries.
- Wear light-colored and/or reflective clothing in order to make yourself as visible to cars and other motor vehicles, especially at night.
- Carry a tire pump, tire levers, patch kit and spare tube.
- Equip your bike with a white front headlight and red rear reflector and light for riding at night.
- Have a bell or horn to warn pedestrians and other cyclists.
- Carry a cell phone, identification, and medical information in case of an emergency.
- Mirror for your handlebars, helmet, or glasses.
- Water bottle.
- Rack and saddlebags to carry belongings.
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