Bike injuries and deaths on the rise

More adults are biking to work than ever before, leading to an increase in biking injuries and deaths // Photo courtesy istockphoto.com

More adults are biking to work than ever before, leading to an increase in biking injuries and deaths // Photo courtesy istockphoto.com

NPR news recently reported that hospital admissions because of bike injuries more than doubled between 1998 and 2013, according to the findings of JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.

The rise was the biggest with bikers age 45 and over. “There are just more people riding and getting injured in that age group. It’s definitely striking,” Dr. Benjamin Breyer, who led the study at the University of San Francisco, told NPR.

Another study found a similar trend with bicycle deaths: While the death rate among child cyclists has plummeted in the past four decades, the mortality rate among cyclists ages 35 to 54 has tripled.

The majority of people opting to bike between 1995 and 2009 has been men and women older than 25, with the biggest increases coming in the oldest groups, according to the most recent National Household Travel Survey. That has meant more people in their 50s and 60s on road bikes, riding at high speeds—”a recipe for serious injuries.”

Read more at NPR.org

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