After Secretary of State Kerry was in a recent bicycle crash, a lot of people are thinking a little more about bicycle safety -- especially people over the age of 70. According to one medical expert, the fact is, we cannot stop the aging process and the older we get, the more dangerous sports like bicycle riding become. That said, everyone is different, and everyone needs to assess their own physical fitness level when it comes to engaging in this sport.
The states that lead the nation in bicycle accident fatalities are Texas with 48, Florida with 133, and California with 141 per year. That said, these states are also among the four most populous states in the nation and they also boast year-round warm weather, so it might be understandable that more bicycle accidents occur in California versus another area of the country.
However, it is important to note that that the average age of people who are killed in bike crashes is increasing. In 1988, the average age was 24, in 1998 it was 32, in 2004 it was 39 and in 2013 it was 44. This could be something important for baby boomers to think about the next time they get on their bicycles.
As for other statistics, 29 percent of reported bike crashes involved either a drunk bicyclist or a drunk driver. Twenty-two percent of crashes happen between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m., and 83 percent of fatal cycling accident victims are men.
Again, it is likely that these statistics are more indicative of demographics relating to the average person who tends to ride bicycles, but they are important for California residents consider while they try to stay safe while enjoying our state's many beautiful roadways.
Source: Palm Beach Post, "Biking over 70: Do the rewards outweigh the risks?," Steve Dorfman, June 09, 201