Bicycle Safety Statistical Information


  • Across the US, 622 people were killed on bicycles in 2002.
  • In Maryland, bicycle crashes killed 7 people in 2002.
  • In 2002, there were more than 48,000 people injured in the US on bicycles in 2002.
  • 733 people were injured on bicycles in Maryland in 2002.
  • In Maryland, the costs associated with bicycle crashes in 2002, exceeded $128 million.

Profile of a bicycle crash in Maryland - 2003


  • Men are over represented in bicycle crashes. (52 %)
  • The age groups with the highest number of bicycle crashes were the 35-39 year old group (10.3 %) and the 40-44 year old age group (9.7 %).
  • Bicycle crashes also claimed the lives of 2 children under the age of 16 in 2002.


  • Baltimore City was over represented in bicycle crashes. The City comprises 7.1% of the state’s vehicle miles traveled, yet accounts for almost 27 % of the state’s bicycle crashes.
  • Baltimore and Prince George’s counties had the next highest number of crashes.
  • The majority of bicycle crashes occur within the City and on county roads.


  • The highest percentage of bicycle crashes occurs during the warm weather months of May through September.
  • Although the rate of bicycle use is higher on the weekend, crashes are more likely to occur mid-week.
  • More than 55% of bicycle crashes occurred between the hours of 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM in 2002.