New NHTSA 2007 numbers are out

You can see Orange County numbers here, but here is the meat for the last 5 years. The 2007 numbers are 38 and 15 if you can’t see them. Miami-Dade had 9 cycling deaths, while Orange has almost double that.

Pedestrian Fatalities 38 30 42 42 38
Bicyclist (or Other Cyclist) Fatalities 6 9 10 10 15

Orlando gets a bronze medal from the LAB because they have “engineered” the city for bicycles. Orange County pours money into trails.

Miami-Dade gets zilch from the LAB. It “wins” an award three years running for being the most likely place to see road rage.

Yet Miami-Dade County consistently has fewer cycling deaths than Orange County.

Howzzattagain?

4 replies
  1. Mighk
    Mighk says:

    You can’t assume Miami-Dade is either safer or less safe than Orange County without exposure data. Unfortunately such data is miniscule and unreliable.

    Fatalities are a lousy measure of cycling safety. They tend to involve night-time cyclists, often intoxicated, on high-speed roads. Counties with more miles of rural roads (unlit, high-speed) can see proportionately more fatals.

    Injury rate is a better measure. Miami’s is lower than Orange’s (on a per capita basis), but again, we don’t know exposure.

  2. Mighk
    Mighk says:

    BTW, Seminole County’s bike fatalities went from 3 for 2004, 2005 & 2006, to zero in 2007. And Seminole also builds lots of trails and does nothing for bike ed. You just can’t use fatals for useful comparisons.

  3. Julius
    Julius says:

    Anyone notice the motorcycle fatalities? How they’re listed by whether a helmet was worn? I wonder if the bike data could be recorded like that.

  4. Keri
    Keri says:

    Julius,

    Pretty much every news report I read about a bicycle crash includes whether the cyclist was wearing a helmet or not. So I suppose the data would be there.

    Mighk is the crash statistics guy so he can better tell us how it is actually recorded. And if you haven’t read it, his report on ’03-’04 crashes in the Orlando Metro Area is quite informative. The overarching message being that roadway bicycling is incredibly safe for competent, law abiding cyclists.

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