Rate for adult cycling deaths in Louisiana rises
BATON ROUGE - 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 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.