Bike Crashes and Casualties Dropped During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Due to off-Road Car Traffic | MotorBiscuit

Bike riders have always had to ride with extreme caution to reduce car versus bike accidents when sharing the road. However, when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced many people to work from home, increased safety for bike riders was an unexpected silver lining. In addition to reducing people driving to and from work, many drivers have also switched to more roads off the beaten path. Though the pandemic allowed reckless drivers to take advantage of empty roads, drivers electing to avoid city roads did lead to a sharp reduction in bike crashes and injuries.   

Reduced car traffic during the pandemic

A bike crash during a cycling race | ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

According to preliminary data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2020, there was approximately a 13.2% drop in vehicle miles traveled. Additionally, since so many people did not have to commute to work, there was a significant decrease in city driving and an increase in driving on back roads and off-road. Even now, more than a year after the start of the pandemic, summer travel is still down between 10-15% in many areas across the country.

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