According to numbers released last week by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, cycling deaths were down across the state last year, however, reported injuries are up. Five cyclists died last year on Minnesota roads, of course that if five too many, however, it is the lowest number since 2007 and is four less than 2010.
While the death rate has decreased the injury rate increased least year to 942, up from 882 in 2010. According to a report from Minnesota Public Radio News; “The afternoon rush hour was the most common time for bicycle accidents.”
While the number of injuries increased it is important to look at it in the overall perspective of cycling. Specifically we are talking about the increase in cycling that the Twin Cities in particular has seen over the past five-years. Actually, even if you just take the different between 2010 and 2011, you get the following statistic:
22% increase in the number of cyclists, results in only a 7 % increase in injuries and a 44% decrease in fatalities.
Now before all you real statisticians get worked up over our clearly shoddy and made up math, here is a full disclaimer of what we are citing; bike count numbers from Bike Walk Twin Cities (which have their own statistical issues) and the numbers just released by the Department of Public Safety (which admittedly are preliminary numbers).
Having said all that, it is difficult to see how this is a bad thing.
Readers what do you think? Do you feel safer on the roads?