However, biking can still be a dangerous undertaking, especially when the drivers of cars, trucks, and motorcycles don't understand how to share the road. Below are some revealing statistics about the state of biking accidents and cyclist fatalities around the country and specifically in Washington State.
· Most fatal bike accidents in Washington State were associated with crossing roadways (35%), riding against traffic (27%) and turning into the path of a vehicle (10%).
· Washington has allotted $18 million for bicycle safety programs and safe school route programs from 2007-2009.
· There are about 700 cyclist deaths per year, while 90 percent of those losing their lives are male. They consist of 2 percent of total traffic deaths each year (which includes pedestrians, cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
· About 45,000 cyclists are injured each year, although many believe this number is significantly under reported. Cyclists are 4.5 times more likely to be injured than motor vehicle drivers, per mile of travel.
· Three out of five at fault drivers involved in cyclist accidents are never cited, even in the event of fatal crashes and hit-and-runs.
· It is more dangerous to bike on major roads as opposed to local ones, with 57% of crashes taking place on main thruways.
· Forty percent of cyclists die at night, along most bike riding takes place during daylight hours.