US cycling fatalities hit multi-decade high, but there may be hope in 'safety in numbers' effect

On average, 19 people get killed while riding their bikes in the US every single week.

A New Yorker commutes by bike
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The latest traffic data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Transportation Safety Board show that while the U.S. has seen a rise in urban bicycle ridership these past two decades, the number of bicyclist fatalities has grown right alongside it. 

The early aughts, and the whole first decade of the new millennium, initially showed promise with a decline in bicyclist fatalities. But despite an increased amount of both riders and bike specific infrastructure, that number has been on the rise since 2011.

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