Bicyclist and Pedestrian Deaths Outpace Traffic Fatalities, Report Says

"A recent report from the League of American Bicyclists says more pedestrians and bicyclists died in 2016 than at any time in the past 25 years.

The group’s 2018 Benchmarking Report — which was issued last month and flagged by Outside magazine — says pedestrian and bicyclist death rates also continue to outpace those of all other traffic fatalities, despite high-profile efforts such as the Vision Zero initiative in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and other cities that aims to reduce such deaths. In 2018, pedestrians accounted for 16 percent of all traffic deaths, compared with 11.2 percent in 2007; for bicyclists, the figure increased to 2.2 percent from 1.7 percent in the same period.

The group notes that the increase in deaths has occurred as more people are biking or walking to work, but it also says Oregon’s experience shows it doesn’t have to be that way."

Fredrick Kunkle reports for the Washington Post February 26, 2019.

Source: Washington Post, 02/27/2019