Vulnerable Roadway Users
In South Carolina, from 2008 to 2012, there were 71 bicyclist fatalities (1.6% of total traffic deaths) and 353 severely injured bicyclists (2.1% of all traffic-related severe injuries).
Improper bicyclists’ actions account for nearly 30% of the contributing factors in fatal and severe injury collisions in which they were involved.
The figure below illustrates the top contributing factors for bicyclist-involved fatal and severe injury collisions. The actions of a non-motorist, in this case the bicyclist, accounted for almost 30% of the factors that contributed to these collisions. Bicyclist activities include failure to yield right-of-way, inattention, dark clothing, disregard of signs/signals, riding on the wrong side of the road, and being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.