MN Cycle death statistics for 2019
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:14 pm quote
Folks, I had mentioned that I'm on the Minnesota Governor's Task Force for Motorcycle Safety. One of the things we do is review cycling death and consider education/training that can address them.
Good news: cycling deaths are down in MN. Bad news: They still happen. Here are the statistics for 2019 YTD:

There have been 36 motorcyclists killed in 35 crashes so far in 2019. There were 58 motorcyclists killed in 56 crashes in 2018, according to preliminary reports.

2019 Rider Deaths Statistics
Helmet use
24 riders were not wearing a helmet.
11 riders were wearing a helmet.
Single-vehicle crashes vs. Multi-vehicle crashes
21 of the crashes involved only the motorcycle
14 of the crashes involved a motorcycle and another vehicle
Three-wheeled motorcycle fatalities
1 of the fatalities involved a three-wheeled motorcycle.
Motorcycle vs. animal
3 crashes involved the rider colliding with an animal.
Passengers killed
4 passenger have died in a motorcycle crash.
Motorcycle License Endorsement
27 of the operators had a valid motorcycle license endorsement or permit.
7 of the operators did not have a valid motorcycle license endorsement or permit.
It is unknown if one of the operators had a valid motorcycle license endorsement or permit.
Negotiating a curve
13 of the crashes involved a rider negotiating a curve.
Rider deaths by age:
Under 20: -
20s: 8
30s: 6
40s: 5
50s: 5
60s: 10
70s: 2
80s: -
Rural vs. urban area
19 of the crashes happened in a rural area.
16 of the crashes happened in an urban area.

Everyone will read something different from the data but there are certainly some avoidable accidents we need to address. 60% involved the MC only, 13 negotiating a curve...

Let's all be aware of what we're doing. I don't want to lose any of y'all!
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:30 pm quote
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:51 pm quote
Be interesting to see the type of motorcycle differentiated more. Cruiser, sport bike, scooter. Not saying it cant happen, because it can, but Ive personally known several people who died on sport bikes and Harleys, none on scoots.
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:04 pm quote
lomunchi...... if you were in Italy, the whole website was not enough to post the statistics ...

-----> https://www.dueruote.it/news/attualita/2019/08/07/incidenti-moto-scooter.html

In 2018, 842 motorcyclists and scooter riders were killed following an accident in Italy. ISTAT certifies it. As many as they seem, this is the lowest figure since 1986 (year of the start of surveys) to date. The black year for two-wheeled deaths was 2004, with 1,687 victims. Bikers are down (685, -6.8%), while moped drivers involved in fatal accidents are on the increase (108, + 17.4%). The number of wounded also fell, which is 55,863 (in 2017 it was 58,985).
The identikit of the biker or moped who loses his life is well defined: man (just 24 dead women) and aged between 30 and 44 (191, almost one in 4). And the dynamics is always clear: in most cases it is impacts with cars (6,520 clashes with mopeds and 26,963 with motorcycles, which caused 77 and 346 deaths respectively).
Mortality and injury rates by road user category highlight the highest risks for vulnerable users compared to those of other modes of transport. The mortality rate for pedestrians, equal to 3.2 for every 100 pedestrian accidents, is almost five times higher than that of car occupants (0.7); the index value for motorcyclists is 2.4 times higher.
In short, a picture in dark colors, with some light and many shadows. And that, as always happens with official data, photographs a past reality. Our concern is that 2019 can record a peak of victims. A concern supported by the most recent news stories (like the motorist who voluntarily invested two guys on a scooter to "conclude" a discussion started in a restaurant in Bergamo, killing one and leaving the other at the end of his life) and by figures in Dueruote's possession: over 80 victims in June and 45 in July, while they are already 17 in the first 4 days of August.
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:33 pm quote
Attila wrote:
lomunchi...... if you were in Italy, the whole website was not enough to post the statistics ...

-----> https://www.dueruote.it/news/attualita/2019/08/07/incidenti-moto-scooter.html

In 2018, 842 motorcyclists and scooter riders were killed following an accident in Italy. ISTAT certifies it. As many as they seem, this is the lowest figure since 1986 (year of the start of surveys) to date. The black year for two-wheeled deaths was 2004, with 1,687 victims. Bikers are down (685, -6.8%), while moped drivers involved in fatal accidents are on the increase (108, + 17.4%). The number of wounded also fell, which is 55,863 (in 2017 it was 58,985).
The identikit of the biker or moped who loses his life is well defined: man (just 24 dead women) and aged between 30 and 44 (191, almost one in 4). And the dynamics is always clear: in most cases it is impacts with cars (6,520 clashes with mopeds and 26,963 with motorcycles, which caused 77 and 346 deaths respectively).
Mortality and injury rates by road user category highlight the highest risks for vulnerable users compared to those of other modes of transport. The mortality rate for pedestrians, equal to 3.2 for every 100 pedestrian accidents, is almost five times higher than that of car occupants (0.7); the index value for motorcyclists is 2.4 times higher.
In short, a picture in dark colors, with some light and many shadows. And that, as always happens with official data, photographs a past reality. Our concern is that 2019 can record a peak of victims. A concern supported by the most recent news stories (like the motorist who voluntarily invested two guys on a scooter to "conclude" a discussion started in a restaurant in Bergamo, killing one and leaving the other at the end of his life) and by figures in Dueruote's possession: over 80 victims in June and 45 in July, while they are already 17 in the first 4 days of August.
Looks like I'll be giving the Sicily Vespa tour a miss.
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:44 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
Attila wrote:
lomunchi...... if you were in Italy, the whole website was not enough to post the statistics ...

-----> https://www.dueruote.it/news/attualita/2019/08/07/incidenti-moto-scooter.html

In 2018, 842 motorcyclists and scooter riders were killed following an accident in Italy. ISTAT certifies it. As many as they seem, this is the lowest figure since 1986 (year of the start of surveys) to date. The black year for two-wheeled deaths was 2004, with 1,687 victims. Bikers are down (685, -6.8%), while moped drivers involved in fatal accidents are on the increase (108, + 17.4%). The number of wounded also fell, which is 55,863 (in 2017 it was 58,985).
The identikit of the biker or moped who loses his life is well defined: man (just 24 dead women) and aged between 30 and 44 (191, almost one in 4). And the dynamics is always clear: in most cases it is impacts with cars (6,520 clashes with mopeds and 26,963 with motorcycles, which caused 77 and 346 deaths respectively).
Mortality and injury rates by road user category highlight the highest risks for vulnerable users compared to those of other modes of transport. The mortality rate for pedestrians, equal to 3.2 for every 100 pedestrian accidents, is almost five times higher than that of car occupants (0.7); the index value for motorcyclists is 2.4 times higher.
In short, a picture in dark colors, with some light and many shadows. And that, as always happens with official data, photographs a past reality. Our concern is that 2019 can record a peak of victims. A concern supported by the most recent news stories (like the motorist who voluntarily invested two guys on a scooter to "conclude" a discussion started in a restaurant in Bergamo, killing one and leaving the other at the end of his life) and by figures in Dueruote's possession: over 80 victims in June and 45 in July, while they are already 17 in the first 4 days of August.
Looks like I'll be giving the Sicily Vespa tour a miss.
.. ah no ... but it's like riding a roller coaster without a belt, it's exciting!
Nowhere in the world and nowhere, not even at home, is it perfectly safe ... life has to be lived, that goes to a whale's ass!
(it is not easy to write expressions of colorful vulgarity in English, Italian is more creative)
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Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:53 am quote
Populations of Italy and Sicily: ~65.5M
Population of MN: ~5.6M
Italy and Sicily have ~11.7 times the population of MN.
11.7 * 58 Deaths in MN for 2018 = 678 MN number dead if populations were equal.
Another item that's missing in these statistics is the percentage of riders in Italy/Sicily and MN. Chances are that the Italian percentage is MUCH higher than MN.
Without having the percentages of rider population, one can't be certain, but, there's a good chance that riding in MN is MORE dangerous than in Italy/Sicily.
NOTE: Another unknown is number or miles (KM) ridden per rider. This would shed more light on the stats.
I'd gladly ride in Italy/Sicily!
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Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:06 am quote
Under 20: -
20s: 8
30s: 6
40s: 5
50s: 5
60s: 10
70s: 2
80s: -

My take is wear a helmet and I am going to stop riding when I turn 60 and start again when I turn 70
Just turned 59, 1 year left to ride till I turn 60
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Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:35 am quote
I wonder why these statistics don't report whether alcohol was involved. That's usually given in accident reports.
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Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:39 am quote
rob g wrote:
Be interesting to see the type of motorcycle differentiated more. Cruiser, sport bike, scooter.
I agree. Age of rider referenced to make and model of cycle would provide useful information, and an idea of which group of riders are most affected. How long was a particular motorcycle registered to the rider involved in the accident? In an accident involving another vehicle, how old was the other driver and how long had they been licensed?
Also, how many of the accidents involved motorcycles being hit from behind while stopped in traffic at intersections? There is a fairly easy fix to lower that statistic.
Finally, accidents that did not result in fatalities, but did result in a police report or insurance claim would probably provide even more useful data to improve rider safety. Are there particular places that are more dangerous than others? Why?
Minnesota has a definite riding season, and some pretty dramatic weather. It would help to figure out additional ways to improve rider safety if you know what percentage of accidents happen at the beginning of the season, and what percentage happen in different weather conditions.
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Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:47 am quote
"My take is wear a helmet and I am going to stop riding when I turn 60 and start again when I turn 70
Just turned 59, 1 year left to ride till I turn 60"
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Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:02 am quote
SCTLVR wrote:
"My take is wear a helmet and I am going to stop riding when I turn 60 and start again when I turn 70
Just turned 59, 1 year left to ride till I turn 60"
Practice negotiating curves when not riding in your 60's
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Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:03 am quote
WEB-Tech wrote:
Under 20: -
20s: 8
30s: 6
40s: 5
50s: 5
60s: 10
70s: 2
80s: -

My take is wear a helmet and I am going to stop riding when I turn 60 and start again when I turn 70
Just turned 59, 1 year left to ride till I turn 60
I had a bad crash (not my fault) in my 50s. Got through my 60s unscathed. Now in my 70s.

Whew!

(Uh... got to find some wood to knock on...)
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Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:56 am quote
I had the accident at the age of 27 (with Vespa PX 125) and I was 50% disabled; but as I could I got back in the saddle ... He was the driver of the truck that hit me head-on to be drunk so much that he had also run away. But the law in Italy in 1987 was less severe and after a fine of little money they released him. The insurance didn't want to pay knowing that he was wrong and we went to court for 10 years ... this is how it works.
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Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:22 pm quote
I wonder how many of the 60's folks were riding HD's AND drinking. I see this happening all the time. When you ride something that doesn't accelerate, turn or stop particularly well with a few drinks in you, you can end up dead soon.
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Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:55 pm quote
This might be helpful for a broader perspective

Screenshot_2019-09-11 Motorcycling Safety - is_89-motorcycling-safety pdf.png

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Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:44 pm quote
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Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:05 am quote
Factors
Certainly it takes less trauma to kill you when you are 60 than when you are 20. So be good to see a total of accidents, and percentage that are fatal, for each age category.

This summer, locally, most of the fatalities seem to be riders 40-60, on Harleys. Two were cases of running into another vehicle on the Interstate, falling off, and getting run over. Pretty much all the rest were one-vehicle 'lost control' accidents. A fair number were late at night, so very possibly alcohol-related.

Saw this yesterday, a bit shocking, though not especially surprising:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/10/health/road-rage-survival-tips-wellness/index.html

Very possible the 'running into another vehicle' was a result of the car driver trying to block a lane change. I see that behavior regularly when driving. I no longer signal lane changes, especially when riding.
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Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:48 pm quote
Folks, Thanks for the feedback. Sorry I didn't jump on sooner but I was battling a bit of an illness.

I don't have access to cycle/alcohol related accidents, we did ask for those specific stats at our last meeting. We were provided with overall YTD vehicle deaths and alcohol. These are CY 2018 statistics for MN:

Breakdown of 2018 Traffic Deaths and Injuries

The 381 fatalities include:
258 motorists
58 motorcyclists
45 pedestrians
Nine ATV riders
Seven bicyclists
One commercial bus rider
Three other vehicle types

The Alcohol Factor
Drunk driving continues to be a major issue on Minnesota roads with 26,414 DWI in 2018. Those numbers are equivalent to nearly three DWI arrests per hour.

The numbers also reveal:
123 alcohol-related deaths. Alcohol-related is defined as any evidence of alcohol detected in a driver, pedestrian or bicyclist.
84 drunk driving fatalities, the most since 2015 (95). Drunk driving-related is defined as any driver with a BAC of .08 or above.
2,156 alcohol-related injuries.
One in seven Minnesota drivers has a DWI.

Note, these are with the specific circumstances of MN. a short riding season, horrible road conditions due to weather for about 1/3 of the year and a fairly active police force.


Also note regarding ages; We don't have miles ridden data which is too bad since that would be very useful. We do have rider (license) volume data and since the number of 20 somethings getting licenses (and riding) is way down compared to other age groups (damn Millennials!), it makes the accidents/deaths per person among them much higher.

There is also a correlation between >60 and higher rural ridership in the data.

I'm told I should have access to some of the raw data (the database is obviously huge and controlled by the state of MN) so I can possibly supply more specifics in the future (I'm a spreadsheet geek and can probably parse the data up pretty fine if you want it.)
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Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:28 am quote
It's also important to remember that our reflexes slow as we age. Some people in their 60s may not be noticing this or adjusting the way they ride to accommodate for it.
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