Summary of bicycle and pedestrian injury and fatality data in Missouri, 2000-2010

The Missouri Highway Patrol's Statistical Analysis Center compiles official traffic crash statistics for Missouri. They have recently released the data for 2010.

Below is a summary of that data for the years 2000-2010 for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The big story: Even though the number of pedestrian and bicycle trips has grown steadily in Missouri (up by 40-50% since 2000, by our best estimates) the number of fatalities and injuries has shown a steady decline.

MoBikeFed's Vision of Bicycling and Walking in Missouri includes two ambitious goals:

  • Double the amount of bicycling and walking in Missouri
  • Simultaneously cutting the injury and fatality rates in half

The downward slope of the graphs below show that we are getting there. In the nine years represented below:

  • Fatal and injury bicycle involved crashes are down about 36%
  • Fatal and injury involved pedestrian crashes are down about 29%

BICYCLISTS KILLED AND INJURED IN MISSOURI

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2000: 9 killed (0.9% of fatality crashes), 749 injured (1.5% of injury crashes)
2001: 6 killed (0.6%), 655 injured (1.3%)
2002: 16 killed (1.5%), 629 injured (1.3%)
2003: 9 killed (0.8%), 643 injured (1.4%)
2004: 2 killed (0.2%), 626 injured (1.4%)
2005: 8 killed (0.7%), 572 injured (1.3%)
2006: 7 killed (0.7%), 601 injured (1.4%)
2007: 9 killed (0.9%), 536 injured (1.3%)
2008: 1 killed (0.2%), 527 injured (1.4%)
2009: 2 killed (0.3%), 596 injured (1.6%)
2010: 7 killed (0.9%), 551 injured (1.5%)

 

PEDESTRIANS KILLED AND INJURED IN MISSOURI

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2000: 87 killed (8.8% of fatality crashes), 1587 injured (3.2% of injury crashes)
2001: 82 killed (8.4%), 1528 injured (3.2%)
2002: 89 killed (8.3%), 1579 injured (3.1%)
2003: 80 killed (7.3%), 1461 injured (3.0%)
2004: 81 killed (8.2%), 1439 injured (3.0%)
2005: 92 killed (8.2%), 1441 injured (3.1%)
2006: 78 killed (8.0%), 1352 injured (3.1%)
2007: 79 killed (8.9%), 1337 injured (3.1%)
2008: 66 killed (7.8%), 1464 injured (3.3%)
2009: 71 killed (9.0%), 1230 injured (3.3%)
2010: 59 killed (7.6%), 1203 injured (3.2%)
 

Note 1: Note that the tables and graphs above each summarize slightly different data--that is why the numbers on the charts and those shown on the graphs don't quite match up.  The graphs summarize the number of bicycle or pedestrian involve fatality and personal injury crashes (each crash may involve more than one person injured or killed; some of those injured or killed may be pedestrians or bicyclists, and some may be other people). The tables show the numbers injured/killed AND represent individual bicyclists or pedestrians injured/killed, which is different from the number of crashes.  The percentages represent the number of fatality or injury crashes as a percentage of all such crashes in Missouri. The tables also show two additional years of data (2009 and 2010) that is not yet graphed.  For details about the different numbers and the meaning of each, see the Missouri Highway Patrol Statistical Analysis Center's web site.

Note 2: This data captures almost all bicycle fatalities, but misses approximately 90% of bicycle injuries. For an explanation of why that is so, read this article.

Source of information and charts: Missouri Highway Patrol

 

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