The Basic Fact Sheet Bicycles provides accident data for 14 EU countries (EU-15 without Germany) over the period 1997-2006. The fact sheet includes several basic characteristics of fatal road accidents involving bicycles. For example: age and gender, road network: area type and junction type, day of the week or the month of the year.


Bicycle fatalities made up 4,8% of the total number of road accident fatalities in 2006. In 2006, 1.188 people riding bicycles were killed in traffic accidents in 14 European Union countries, which is 2.2% less compared with 2005 in the same countries.

Fact: A reduction of 34% in the number of bicycle fatalities is observed during the last decade in the EU-14 countries.

Fact: 33% of bicycle fatalities are male riders over 60 years of age.


Bicycle fatality rates, 1997 and 2006

* Data from 2005

UK = GB (2006) + NL (2005)

** Data from 2004

*** Data from 2003

**** Data from 2002

Source: CARE Database / EC, EUROSTAT

Date of query: August 2008



For information on bicycles, the scientific studies on the magnitude and nature of the safety problem, the contributing accident factors, and the effectiveness of countermeasures, please consult the Pedestrians and Cyclists text on the Knowledge section of the website.


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