America’s Most Dangerous Cities For Cyclists
Unlike cities in the Netherlands and Denmark, urban areas in the United States are not well regarded when it comes to infrastructure for cyclists. Amsterdam and Copenhagen boast extensive bike paths that often have their own traffic lights, along with bike racks and guarded parking systems. Some Dutch cities have even installed rain sensors at junctions that give cyclists priority over motorists in bad weather conditions. In the U.S., however, it’s a different story with cities nationwide built very much with the motorist in mind. Despite the poor infrastructure, America’s cities are actually surprisingly safe for cyclists who accounted for only 2.3 percent of total traffic deaths in 2015. In the Netherlands, that share is 25 percent, primarily due to the huge number of Dutch people out on their bikes every day.
Even though U.S. cities tend to be reasonably safe for commuters on two wheels, 70 percent of all fatal bike accidents still tend to occur in urban areas. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published by 24/7 Wall Street found that out of all major U.S. cities, Albuquerque in New Mexico has the highest cyclist fatality rate.