Riskiest states for cycling shift in new analysis

Dive Brief:
The five riskiest states for cycling, in order, are Delaware, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana and New Mexico, according to a new analysis from mobility analytics company StreetLight Data,

On the other end of the spectrum, the safest state is Massachusetts, followed by New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Utah.

StreetLight analyzed bike crashes in 48 contiguous U.S. states using “de-identified and aggregated Location-Based Services and GPS data.” It assessed the rate of fatalities per bicycle miles traveled (BMT) instead of relying on fatalities per capita, which is the historical standard. “Unlike BMT, prior measurements didn’t take into account factors such as not everyone bicycles, or cycles the same amount,” the company writes.