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Number of cyclists crashed and killed significantly decreased in 2013

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2013: More incidents but less traffic deaths than ever

In Germany, the greatest number of accidents since the German reunification occurred in 2013. As the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports 2.4 million road accidents, 0.5 percent more than in 2012, were counted by the police nationwide. In spite of that increase, the number of traffic deaths has reached an all-time low since the beginning of data collection in 1953: Overall, 3,339 traffic deaths were counted, 261 persons resp. 7.3 percent less than the year before. That implicates a decrease of 80 percent in comparison to 1970 - the darkest year in accident statistics, with 21,332 people dead. However, in 2013, 9 people per day were killed in road traffic, on average. Regarding the number of injured people, there was also an increase in 2013. 3.4 percent less heavy as well as 2.5 percent less light injuries were counted.

The car's domination in road traffic is mirrored through the high car user share of incident victims. 47.6 percent of all traffic death as well as 56.4 percent of all people injured are harmed in a car. 17.0 percent of people killed were motorbike users, 16.7 percent pedestrians, and 10.6 percent used a bike.

In relation to 2012, the most positive trends are concerning adolescents. For the 15-17years old, the number of deaths decreased by 21.2 percent. Furthermore, in 2013 significantly less children (-20.5 percent) and young (18 to 24 years old) adults (-19.3 percent) were killed in road traffic, in comparison to 2012.

Cyclists crashed in Germany, 2013

  • Cyclists injured in 2013: 71,066 (2012: 74,776) -5 percent
  • Cyclists killed in 2013: 354 (2012: 406) –12.8 percent
  • Cyclists involved in accidents with injury to persons: 77,439 (2012: 81,162) -4.6 percent
  • All persons involved in accidents with injury to persons 2013: 561,504 (2012: 577,204) -2,7 percent
  • People, included in accidents with injury to persons consist of 14 percent cyclists, 6 percent pedestrians, 64 percent car drivers, 8 percent motorbikes and 9 percent of others involved.
  • People, included in accidents with loss of life results consist of 6 percent cyclists, 10 percent pedestrians, 53 percent car drivers, 12 percent motorbikes and 19 percent of others involved.
  • Within build-up areas, more than 80 percent of cyclists (53,311) crashed during daylight, 2,982 at dusk and dawn, 8,286 during darkness
  • Similarly outside build-up areas, more than 80 percent of cyclists crashed during daylight (5,753) , 265 at dusk and dawn, 831 during darkness

During the year 2013, 64,579 cyclists crashed within built-up areas, 9.5 times more than outside them. Cyclists crashed within built-up areas:

  • January: 2.143
  • February: 1.951
  • March: 2.473
  • April: 4.888
  • May: 6.270
  • June: 8.312
  • July: 9.830
  • August: 8.098
  • September: 6.746
  • October: 5.903
  • November: 4.406
  • December: 3.559

In 2013, 6,831 cyclists crashed outside built-up areas:

  • January: 143
  • February: 100
  • March: 177
  • April: 443
  • May: 710
  • June: 976
  • July: 1.407
  • August: 1.132
  • September: 744
  • October: 506
  • November: 265
  • December: 228

354 cyclists were killed in 2013, 52 less than 2012. The numbers of those, who died in the different Bundesländer (federal states):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 51
  • Bavaria: 62
  • Berlin: 9
  • Brandenburg: 21
  • Bremen: 2
  • Hamburg: 2
  • Hesse: 7
  • Mecklenburg-West Pomerania: 13
  • Lower Saxony: 54
  • Nord Rhine-Westphalia: 56
  • Rineland-Palatinate: 14
  • Saarland: 5
  • Saxony: 21
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 17
  • Schleswig-Holstein: 10
  • Thuringia: 10

Further detailed information can be found in the publication Verkehrsunfälle - Fachserie 8 Reihe 7 - 2013 (in German) from the Federal Statistical Office. (The annual publication includes statistics on accidents and people involved, related to types of accidents, types of roads, locations, gender and accident causes.)

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Source: www.destatis.de/DE/PresseService/Presse/Pressemitteilungen/2014/07/PD14_238_46241.html (in German)

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Date
4. July 2014
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Statistisches Bundesamt (www.destatis.de) // Difu (A.H.)

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Germany
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