Considering Ways to Prevent America’s Deadliest Type of Bike Crash

Crashes involving motorists passing bicyclists were the leading cause of cyclist deaths on America’s roadways in recent years.

These types of incidents killed at least 675 of the roughly 2,400 people who died in bicycle crashes between 2014 and 2016, according to federal data cited during a presentation this week. The passing incidents can occur when a driver strikes a bicyclist from behind, or passes too closely causing the cyclist to lose control.

On Monday, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center held an online seminar where experts discussed some of the factors involved in these passing, or “overtaking,” crashes and different types of policies and street design features that might help to prevent them.