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Illinois fifth in nation for bicycle deaths

Illinois fifth in nation for bicycle deaths

Illinois is among the top states for bicyclist fatalities, a report said Monday. In its annual Spotlight on Highway Safety: Bicyclist Safety report, the Governors Highway Safety Association found that Illinois rounded out the five states with highest rates of bicyclist fatalities. The number of bicyclist deaths is rising, the report said. The total increased 16 percent from 2010 to 2012. The association said data from 2012 is the most recent available. In that time, Illinois reported 80 bicyclist fatalities: 24 in 2010, 27 in 2011 and 29 in 2012. California topped the list with 338 fatalities over the three-year span, while Florida came in a close second with 329 deaths. The numbers are...

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