Friday, October 24, 2014

Bike & Pedestrian Safety

BIKE & PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

Pedestrians:

There were a total of 4,784 pedestrian fatalities in 2006. The 14 and under age group accounted for 331 (7%) of those fatalities. Almost one fifth (18%) of the traffic fatalities in the 14 and under age group were pedestrians. In 1996, there were 673 pedestrian fatalities in the 14 and under age group. From 1996 to 2006, the number of pedestrian fatalities in this age group decreased by 51 percent, with the 4-7 year age group showing the largest decrease (39%). Of the total 331 pedestrian fatalities among children age 14 and younger in 2006, 219 (66%) of those killed were males. In 2006, a total of 61,000 pedestrians were injured, 12,000 of those injured were age 14 and younger, and males accounted for 59 percent (7,000) of those 12,000 injured. During 2006, the highest percentage of fatalities among young pedestrians occurred between 4 p.m. and 7:59 p.m. (39%), which is an 8 percent decrease from 2005 during those same hours. The second highest percentage of fatalities among young pedestrians were between the hours of 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. (24%) which is an 8 percent increase from 2005 during those same hours. Seventy seven percent of the pedestrian fatalities among those age 14 and younger occurred at non-intersection locations, which is a significant decrease from 2005 (82%). (Source of info: NHTSA)

Bicycles (Pedalcyclists):

A total of 773 pedalcyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2006. The 14 and under age group accounted for 13 percent (98) of those fatalities, and males accounted for 83 percent (81) of the fatalities among pedalcyclists age 14 and younger. The 98 pedalcyclist fatalities in 2006 for the 14 and under age group represent a decrease of 56 percent from the 225 killed in 1996. In 2006, a total of 44,000 pedalcyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Twenty-four percent (or an estimated 11,000) of the pedalcyclists who were injured were age 14 and younger. (Source of info: NHTSA)


Bike & Pedestrian Safety Information:

NHTSA Bicycle Safety Tips for Adults (You Tube Video)

Safe Kids USA Pedestrian Safety Video

Traffic Safety Facts (NHTSA)

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