Michigan’s Office of Highway Safety Planning issued a press release today regarding reported road crashes.
The news isn’t good, but especially for pedestrians and bicyclists.
For the first time in seven years, Michigan experienced an up tick in traffic deaths in 2010. During the same time the number of traffic crashes, serious injury crashes and alcohol-involved crashes all declined. While traffic deaths were up, the overall trend continues to be one of decline.
And while the detailed data hasn’t been released yet, they did provide these summaries:
- Pedestrian involved fatalities increased 6 percent, up from 125 in 2009 to 133 in 2010.
- Bicycle involved fatalities were up 55 percent, from 20 in 2009 to 31 in 2010.
What are “bicycle involved fatalities?” It means there was a reported crash that involved a bicyclists which resulted in a death. Since bicyclists typically don’t crash and kill other people (even pedestrians), these fatalities are most likely all bicyclists.