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Crash Facts

Minnesota crash facts

Bicycle Fatalities and Injuries

  • Eighty-four percent of crashes occur at intersections.
  • Crashes most commonly occur during warm weather months between 3 to 6 p.m, in areas with posted speed limits between 30 and 35 m.p.h., and in urban areas with larger populations.
  • Bicyclists are at fault for about half of crashes, with motorists at fault for the other half (e.g., inattention, failure to yield, obscured vision, etc.)
  • In 2015, 10 bicyclists were killed on Minnesota roads. Of these, eight were males.
  • In 2015, 873 bicyclists were injured on Minnesota roads. Of these, 77 percent were males.
  • Over half of all bicycle-commercial vehicle crashes are due to distraction or bicyclists not being visible.
  • In 2015, persons under 25 years old accounted for 44 percent of bicyclist injuries.

Bicycle crashes are reported to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety only if they involve collision with a motor vehicle. Therefore, this data only represents a portion of the total number of bicycle crashes.

National crash facts

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have put together Traffic Safety Facts based on data from 2014 (PDF).

Find out more on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.