The mysterious “ghost bike” decorated with flowers and chained to a light pole at the entrance to California State University Sacramento. The bike is a memorial to student Arlene Sasse, 22, who was killed by a car at this intersection in 2011.
Bicyclists Killed by Motor Vehicles Nationwide
- California had the highest number of bicycle fatalities, 338, between 2010-2012. Florida followed with 329 bicycle deaths.
- Six states, California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Michigan, and Texas, accounted for about 54% of cycling traffic deaths from 2010-2012.
- 88 percent of cycling deaths in 2012 were male.
- Two-thirds of all cyclists killed weren’t wearing helmets.
- 40 percent of people killed on bicycles were hit from the rear.
- Nearly one-third of cyclists killed who were age 16 or older had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher.
(Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)