Bicycle death on road all too common

ARIZONA -- The number of bicyclists killed on Arizona highways was about 3.5 percent of the total highway deaths.

The grim numbers of two wheelers killed on the roads is tracked by Ed Beighe, webmaster for the Coalition of Az Bicyclists. He cited the details after the Cornville death of Lynn Hartline, a rider in the MS bike run on Verde Valley roads.

In the most recent period reported 2013, according to Beighe, there were 844/30 (overall traffic deaths/cyclists killed); which is atypically high for cyclists. 2012 had only 18 cyclist fatalities, which was low. Historically it averages about 24 per year.

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