Sudden increase in cycling deaths

Media reports describing a recent spike in cycling fatalities are backed up by hard data, say researchers from the University of NSW.

Annual cyclist deaths in Australia decreased from 58 in 1991 to 33 in 2012, before jumping to 50 in 2013, according to figures collected from each of the state and territory road safety authorities (see below).

Interestingly, the proportion of deaths due to collisions with other vehicles was shown to have declined since 1991, while the proportion of deaths due to other types of crashes increased.

Crashes not involving other