Most Dangerous Roads Bicyclists

Most Dangerous Roads in America for Cyclists

When it comes to cycling, safety is the top priority, especially when you’re sharing the road with cars, trucks, and even other cyclists and pedestrians. Along with having a limited visibility to drivers, cyclists have to carefully navigate narrow shoulders of road and busy intersections. But even after precautions are taken, accidents can still happen, which is why more than 1,000 bicyclists died in 2015 and nearly half a million sustained injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In order to find out where these accidents are most prevalent, we took a look at the most dangerous roads in America for cyclists. Below is a list of the most dangerous roads in cities with populations of 500,000 or more.

Of the 34 cities on our list, the cities with the highest pedalcyclist fatality rates are Albuquerque (8.94 pedalcyclist fatalities per 1 million people) and Tucson (7.52 pedalcyclist fatalities per 1 million people), according to the NHTSA. Dallas and Indianapolis had the lowest pedalcyclist fatality rates with 0.77 pedalcyclist fatalities per 1 million people and 1.17 pedalcyclist fatalities per 1 million people, respectively.

We researched data from all 34 cities, which included collisions, injuries and fatalities. We also factored in the overall danger these roads pose to cyclists. For example, we found that roadways with narrow shoulders and roads without bike lanes had higher rates of injuries and collisions.


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  • LA Weekly – Top 10 Streets for Bicycle Crashes Revealed
  • Chicago Magazine – Where the Cyclists and Bike Crashes Are in Chicago
  • LA Weekly – Top 10 Streets for Bicycle Crashes Revealed
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  • Philly – Philly’s Most Dangerous Roadways
  • News 4 San Antonio
  • San Diego Reader – Dangerous Bike Spots
  • Culture Map Austin
  • WOKV
  • WKW
  • NBC4 Columbus 
  • Seattle Times – Most Dangerous Intersections in Seattle
North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Denverite
  • City of Boston
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  • Walk Bike Nashville
  • Oregon Live
  • Courier Journal
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