ARIZONA-- The number of bicyclists killed on Arizona highways was about 3.5 percent of the total highway deaths.
The grim numbers of two wheelers killed on the roads is tracked by Ed Beighe, webmaster for the Coalition of Az Bicyclists. He cited the details after the Cornville death of Lynn Hartline, a rider in the MS bike run on Verde Valley roads.
In the most recent period reported 2013, according to Beighe, there were 844/30 (overall traffic deaths/cyclists killed); which is atypically high for cyclists. 2012 had only 18 cyclist fatalities, which was low. Historically it averages about 24 per year.
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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That's too many people and it is very sad. As driver's we are supposed to be aware and conscientious of these bikers, but I'm sorry, how many times have I found them on dangerous curves, half into my lane? Of course, I'm going to slow down, stop if I have to even though that in itself on a road such as the Cornville switchbacks is dangerous for me! I think there needs to be better guidelines for bikers too, not just drivers. Maybe they also need to be more careful!