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Crash Facts

Minnesota crash facts

Bicycle Fatalities and Injuries

  • In 2011, 937 bicyclists were injured compared to 882 injured bicyclists in 2010.
  • There were five fatalities in 2011, a 44.4 percent decrease from 2010.
  • In 2011, four out of five fatalities and almost 80 percent of injuries occurred between April and September.
  • One-third of all weekday bicycle crashes occurred between the hours of three and six p.m. One out of four weekend bicycle crashes occurred during the same time period.
  • Almost sixty percent of bicycle crashes and three out of five fatal bicycle crashes occurred in cities where the population was over 50,000 people.
  • In 2011, three female bicyclists and two male bicyclists were killed.  However, 686 male bicyclists were injured compared to 249 female bicyclists.
  • Of the five bicycle fatalities, three were 50 years of age or older.  Conversely, of the 917 bicyclists injured where age was recorded, 595 were 24 years of age or younger.

Bicycle crashes are reported to the Minnesota Department of 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 2010 (PDF).

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