As the number of cyclists have risen, so have the injuries

As the number of bicycle riders has increased, so has the number of accidents which involve bicycles as well as other motorists. According to an article in the New York Times, from 1998 to 2013, the number of injuries that have been reported by cyclists have risen almost 30% and hospitalizations due to bicycle accidents has risen over 120%. However, injuries to the extremities (hands, arms, feet or legs) have dropped but the overall severity of the injuries to the head (16%) or torso (20%) has risen. As said by John Pucher and Lewis Dijstrka in 2003 in The American Journal of Public Health, “the appallingly unsafe, unpleasant and inconvenient conditions faced by pedestrians and bicyclists in most American cities. Per kilometer and per trip cycled, American bicyclists are twice as likely to get killed as German cyclists and over three times more likely as Dutch cyclists.”

The age of most cyclists nowadays has increased, to the point that most of the cyclists that are out on the street are over the age of 45. As the age of the riders has increased, so has the severity of the injuries. This may be in part due to the fact that as the body ages, it becomes weaker through natural wear and tear and one loses the balance and/or strength that they once has when they were younger.



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