According to a recent news article from KFGO, over the past two decades, researchers have discovered an increase in the total medical costs associated with treated personal injuries caused in bike crashes.
There is no question that a lot more people ride bicycles today than they did 20 years ago. For this reason, it would be all too easy to assume that there are more total medical costs because more people are riding bikes. This is however, only partially true. Study organizers have surmised that it goes beyond the number of riders, and likely has more to do with the age of riders.
Two decades ago there were fewer people riding bikes, but the clear majority of riders were young people. Today, we not only have more total riders, but we also see a much larger percentage of riders over the age of 45. We are also more bike crashes caused by bikers being hit by car then accidents where bike riders crash on a sidewalk or into a fixed object. Continue reading