Bicycle Mortality Rates Decrease Among Kids, Increase for Adults

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find bicycle mortality rates have dramatically changed for all age groups.

The study found fatal accidents among children ages 15 and under decreased by 92 percent, while adult fatal accidents increased. The study also found men ages 35 to 54 were most likely to be involved in a fatal bicycle accident.

Researchers believe the new numbers are a result of kids riding their bikes less, and adults cycling more, possibly commuting to work.

Local bike experts say the best thing you can do is be aware of your surroundings.

“Riding defensively, assuming that people don’t see you because they often times don’t,” Marty Hammond said, owner of Marty’s Cycle in Medford.

Bike lanes and lower speed limits could also help curb fatalities, according to researchers.

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