BikingBis: Biking Fatalities, State By State

Biking Bis (short for Gene Bisbee, the blog’s author) links to a new report showing 2009 auto, pedestrian, and bike fatalities by state. Among the high-level conclusions:

Passenger cars account for 57% of collisions with bicyclists and 0.8% of those are fatal. Pickup trucks account for 41% of collisions with bicyclists, but a higher percentage of those – 1.2% — are fatal.

85 bicycle fatalities — 14% – involved alcohol impairment, although the report doesn’t specify whether the bicyclist or motorist had the high blood-alcohol level.

The 45- to 54-year-old age group suffered the most fatalities at 139; the second highest was the 35-to-44 age group with 105. The age group with the most injuries, about 10,000, was 25- to 34-year-olds.

More men were killed than women… 549 compared to 81.

Most bicycle fatalities occurred between 6 and 9 p.m. - 138; 3 to 6 p.m. – 117; and 9 to midnight – 80. The most injuries — 17,000 out of 51,000 — occurred from 3 to 6 p.m.

At the state level, Washington State ranked 31st in the number of pedestrian fatalities. Where biking fatalities were concerned, we fared less well, tying Tennessee for the 13th-highest number of fatal crashes. (Grain of salt, though: Numbers aren’t weighted by population, so states like California (99 fatalities) and Texas (48) rank high on the list.) Topping the list with an astonishing 107 fatalities was Florida. Read the whole report, which charmingly refers to bikers as “pedalcyclists” (and includes lots more information about traffic fatalities in general) here.