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Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety


Safety

Figures released by NHTSA in 2017 show South Carolina's bicycle and pedestrian death rates again among the worst in the nation for 2015 (the latest year for which accounting has been completed):

Pedestrians

Staying in the top states nationally in terms of the per capita deaths to pedestrians, South Carolina went from 6th place to 3rd place ( https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/Publication/812375 ) for 2015. This is based on 123 pedestrian fatalities documented during 2015, an increase of 16 pedestrian deaths over 2014. For 2015 South Carolina’s pedestrian fatality rate (pedestrians killed per 100,000 population) stands at 2.51 which is 1½ times higher than the rate of 1.67 deaths per 100,000 population for the entire United States.

Cyclists

The year 2015 recorded 16 cyclist fatalities in South Carolina caused by crashes with motor vehicles (https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/Publication/812382) . This is a result of 2 more persons being killed in 2015 than in 2014 in cycling crashes. Consequently, South Carolina's cyclist fatality rate rose from 2.90 fatalities per million population in 2014 to 3.3 in 2015. In comparison with other states, South Carolina experienced the ninth highest state cyclist fatality rate in the nation in 2015, just as the state had done in 2014. The state's 2015 cycling fatality rate was 32% higher than the U.S. rate of 2.5 fatalities per million population.