Bike Accidents Rising Sharply

More older Americans are riding bikes and more of them are also having accidents.

According to a new study, bicycling accidents rose sharply in the U.S. between 1998 and 2013 and a growing number of them have involved people over 45.

For the study, researchers analyzed injury data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System – a system that samples 100 emergency departments in the U.S. for bicycle-related injuries among people 17 and older. They also combined data from the U.S. Census and estimated injury incidence per 100,000 people.

Their findings showed:

  • Between 1998-1999, there werer 96 injuries per 100,000 people.
  • By 2012-2013 that number rose to 123 injuries per 100,000 people.
  • Head and torso injuries became more common over time, while extremity injuries became less common.
  • By 2013, 42 percent of injuries were in cyclists over age 45 as compared to only 23 percent in 1998.

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Sourced from: Reuters, Bicycle-related injuries on the rise in U.S.