August 1972

internal medicine at large

Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(2):165-172. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650020001001

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Bike renaissance  Bicycle accidents in the United States have been claiming more lives in recent years than train wrecks.Since 1968, the National Transportation Safety Board says, there have been some 800 deaths a year from bicycle collisions with motor vehicles.Passenger fatalities from railroad transportation during the same period have been averaging slightly over 700 a year.At the same time, the National Safety Council estimates that bicyclemotor vehicle accidents injured "no less than 34,000 persons annually in the past five years" in this country.Most of the bicycle accident deaths and injuries involved youngsters 5 to 14 years old, the Safety Board notes. However, a special study report by the board adds:"The increasing use of bicycles by adults can be expected to increase the magnitude of the bicycle safety problem."While National Safety Council and University of Vermont College of Medicine studies indicate more than 90% of

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