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America's 10 most dangerous cities for cyclists

In 2015, a total of 817 cyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles.

In 2015, a total of 817 cyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles. (Photo: Shutterstock)
In 2015, a total of 817 cyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Cities in the United States are constantly evolving — and cyclists are a big part of the reason why. 

As the number of cyclists has grown in recent years, so too does the number of cyclist fatalities.

In 2015, a total of 817 cyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles. This represents a 13% increase from 2014 and the highest number of cyclists deaths since 1995, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Bike lanes often fall short as cyclists have to weave through moving traffic; on the other hand, many cyclists do not wear a helmet or observe traffic laws, creating a dangerous scenario for both cyclists and drivers on the road. In cities especially, personal and commercial drivers risk increased premiums and out-of-pocket expenses if they're involved in an accident with a cyclist. 

A recent article by Statista measured the United State's most dangerous cities for cyclists. The cities are ranked by the cyclist fatality rate per million people in the U.S. in 2015. With this in mind, keep reading to see which cities cyclists may want to steer clear of.

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Los Angeles view

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10. Los Angeles, California


4.0 (cyclist fatality rate per million people in the U.S. in 2015).

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Philadelphia streets

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9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


4.5 (cyclist fatality rate per million people in the U.S. in 2015).

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Memphis streets

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8. Memphis, Tennessee


4.6 (cyclist fatality rate per million people in the U.S. in 2015).

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San Fran streets

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7. San Francisco, California


4.6 (cyclist fatality rate per million people in the U.S. in 2015).

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Columbus, Ohio

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6. Columbus, Ohio


4.7 (cyclist fatality rate per million people in the U.S. in 2015).

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San Jose streets

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5. San Jose, California


4.9 (cyclist fatality rate per million people in the U.S. in 2015).

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Phoenix streets

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4. Phoenix, Arizona


5.1 (cyclist fatality rate per million people in the U.S. in 2015).

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Las Vegas

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3. Las Vegas, Nevada


6.4 (cyclist fatality rate per million people in the U.S. in 2015).

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Tucson Arizona

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2. Tucson, Arizona


7.5 (cyclist fatality rate per million people in the U.S. in 2015).

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Albuquerque streets

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1. Albuquerque, New Mexico


8.9 (cyclist fatality rate per million people in the U.S. in 2015).

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