Pedestrian Fast Facts
- In 2011, there were 5,393 teenage (12-19 years old) pedestrian casualties.
- Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.
- Youth ages 13-17 had the highest rates of severe injuries resulting from motor vehicle collision. In models including age, sex, and MV collision, being male, not wearing a helmet, and MV collision were significant risk factors for severe injury.
- National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) data indicates that the overall, annualized, age-adjusted traffic-related pedestrian death rate is 1.58 deaths per 100,000 populations.
- Safe Kids Worldwide has designed a fun, interactive infographic on “How NOT to get hit by a car”
- AAA Exchange offers resources on a broad range of pedestrian safety issues.
Bicyclists Fast Facts
- A total of 817 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2015.
- In every year since 1975, many more male than female bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles.
- Deaths among bicyclists younger than 20 have declined 88 percent since 1975.
- Nearly all bicyclists who died (97%) were not wearing a helmet.
- Bicycle-motor vehicle (MV) collisions increase severe injury risk in youth, and adolescents are often injured in these events. This suggests separating bicyclists from motor vehicles or traffic calming strategies could improve safety.
- Lower socioeconomic status and riding location were associated with bicycling injury and severity increased with motor vehicle collisions.
- The Federal Highway Administration’s Bicycle Safer Journey is a free, online tool designed for educators, parents, and students age five to 18.