Deaths of bicyclists increased 8.7 percent in 2011 according to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The death total was 677. Another 48,000 bicyclists were injured.
The increase in bicycle deaths probably reflects more people riding bicycles to work and for pleasure, said Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety agencies.
Motorcycle deaths also rose 2.1 percent, marking the 13th time in the last 14 years that motorcycle rider deaths have risen. Total deaths were 4612.
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