- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana has the third-highest rate of bicyclist deaths in the nation. That’s according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1TDD4oG) the state’s bicyclist death rate fell 34.4 percent since 1975, but that was mostly due to the lower child mortality rate because children are riding bicycles less frequently. Only Florida - the most deadly state for cyclists - and Delaware had higher rates of bicyclist fatalities than Louisiana.

The CDC study found the cyclist death rate among adults in Louisiana ages 35-74 increased between 1975 and 2012.

The report says the state’s annual bicyclist mortality rate from 1975-79 was 0.5 per 100,000 people. From 2008-12, the mortality rate was 0.33 per 100,000 people.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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