February 21, 2019
Cyclist man riding mountain bike in sunny day.
Wellness Tip

Adult Bicycle Injuries on the Rise

by Berkeley Wellness  

Bicycle-related injuries in the U.S. have increased dramatically since 1998, especially among cyclists over age 45, according to a research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, analyzed injury data for adult cyclists from a sample of about 100 hospital emergency departments. As cycling has become more popular—the number of people commuting to work by bicycle rose more than 60 percent between 2000 and 2013, according to the nonprofit League of American Bicyclists—the number of serious injuries has increased. In particular, the UCSF study found a disproportionate rise in cycling injuries among people over 45—who accounted for 23 percent of reported injuries in 1998, but now account for 42 percent. Moreover, about two-thirds of cycling injuries requiring hospital admission now occur in people over 45.

The findings underscore the importance of wearing a helmet and taking other safety measures whenever you mount your bike. For more specific advice, see our slideshow 12 Tips for Better Cycling.