According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Tampa Bay metro area has the highest bicycle deaths in the U.S, accounting for 7 cyclist fatalities per 100,000 residents.
The average for the rest of Florida is 6.2 cyclist deaths per 100,000 and even that is 59% higher than the next highest state.
Florida, California and Texas account for about 40% of all cyclist deaths, according to NHTSA.
Pam Fischer, a transportation safety consultant says "Florida’s population is older and more densely packed, and the state gets a steady influx of tourists unfamiliar with local roads,"
Bike fatalities are trending up again this year, with 95 so far this year in Florida, six in Pinellas County alone.
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