Fatal encounters between cars and bicyclists in Indiana have increased two-fold between 2009 and 2010, according to a study released Thursday by Indiana University Center for Criminal Justice Research.
Bicyclists are six times more likely to be involved in fatal accident than a motorist, the study found. Fatalities involving bicyclists increased from seven in 2009 to fourteen in 2010, while the data show serious injuries increased from sixty-four to eighty-one during the same time span.
Expanding the time period of the analysis, from 2006-2010, researchers found a decrease in the number of bike accidents resulting in a major injury or death.
Bicyclists between the age of eight and 20 accounted for "a disproportionately high percentage of fatal and serious injuries," researchers said.
Suburban and rural roads proved the most dangerous locations for bicyclists along with areas involving a high concentration of bicyclists, the study noted.
Bicycle Indiana, a nonprofit organization promoting a safe environment for bicycling, commissioned the study. The Federal Highway Administration, Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana State Department of Health contributed funding.