Bicycles 2012

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bicycle helmets are the single most effective countermeasure available to reduce head injuries and fatalities resulting from bicycle crashes. 1,981 bicyclists were involved in motor vehicle crashes in Michigan in 2012. 20 bicyclists were killed on Michigan roadways in 2012, four less than reported in 2011. 1,598 bicyclist injuries were reported to police agencies. Males (1,493) were involved in more bicycle crashes than females (437). The male to female ratio of bicycle deaths was 6:1, with 17 male bicyclists killed and three female bicyclists killed. Gender was not reported for 51 bicyclists.
Unknown 10.0%

2012 Bicyclist Fatalities - Action Prior

Going straight ahead 65.0%

In roadway with traffic 5.0% Turning left 5.0% Crossing not at intersection 5.0% Entering roadway 5.0% Crossing at intersection 5.0%

13 of the bicyclists killed (65.0%) were reported by police to be "going straight ahead" just prior to crash. 78.9 percent of all bicyclists in motor vehicle crashes and 15 of the 20 bicyclists killed were riding during daylight hours. 3:00-5:59 PM were the peak hours for bicyclist involvement in all crashes and injuries to bicyclists. 6:00-8:59 PM were the peak hours for bicyclist fatalities. Of the 20 bicyclists killed in 2012, two (10%) were the result of a had-been-drinking crash and both of those bicyclists had been drinking. There was one bicyclist death for a child under 11 years of age (4 years old). There were no bicyclists killed in the 11-15 age group. Teen/young adults (ages 16-20) accounted for two (10%) of the bicyclist fatalities. Adults ages 21-64 accounted for 15 (75%) of the bicyclist fatalities. There were two fatalities in the 65 and over age group (ages 78 and 85).
2012 Bicycle Crash Information
400 300 12 9

Injured

Killed

200 100 0 Under 1 year old 11-15 years 16-20 years 21-24 years 25-34 years 35-44 years 45-54 years 55-64 years 65-74 years 4-10 years 1-3 years 75 and over Unknown

6 3 0

Totals
0 1 1 80 0 206 2 258 3 158 0 214 1 149 6 199 5 139 0 59 2 23 0 13 20 1,598

Killed Injured

0 99

Michigan Department of State Police Criminal Justice Information Center - Traffic Crash Reporting (517) 241-1699 Office of Highway Safety Planning - Traffic Safety Programs (517) 241-1505 WWW.MICHIGAN.GOV/OHSP

MICHIGAN BICYCLE CRASHES

In 2012, there were 1,981 bicycles involved in motor vehicles crashes, with 20 bicyclists killed and 1,598 injured. More bicyclists within the 45-54 years of age group died than any other age group, with six killed (30.0%).

BICYCLE HELMET USE AND INJURY SEVERITY
Fatality HELMET USE Worn Not Worn Unknown Total
3 13 4 20

Injury A
23 93 55 171

No Injury C
84 398 300 782 26 114 157 297

B
90 326 229 645

The National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites a study by the Centers for Disease Control [12]: “Bicycle helmets are 85 to 88 percent effective in mitigating head and brain injuries in all types of bicycle accidents, making the use of helmets the single most effective countermeasure available to reduce head injuries and fatalities resulting from bicycle crashes.”

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2012 Michigan Traffic Crash Facts - Statewide

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