The number of road deaths among motorists has decreased by 60 percent in twenty years, according to an analysis by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Tuesday. There is also a decrease among cyclists: between 1999 and 2019, the number of road deaths among cyclists decreased by 11 percent.
The number of road fatalities among motorists declined between 1999 and 2019. In 1999, 587 passenger car occupants were killed, twenty years later this number had fallen to 237.
Although the number of road deaths among cyclists has decreased in twenty years, this decrease is small. In 1999, 227 fatalities were reported, in 2019 there were 203. The largest number of fatalities on bicycles was reported in 2000: in that year, 233 cyclists were killed in road accidents.
Statistics Netherlands attributes the decrease in the number of road deaths to measures against drunk driving, the introduction of the beginner’s license in 2002 and the criminalization of using a smartphone behind the wheel.
Substantially more road deaths among people over seventy
The number of cyclists aged seventy or older who died in a road accident was 68 percent higher last year than in 1999. A majority (59 percent) of the cyclists killed in 2019 were over seventy.
However, this increase can also be explained; the number of older people in society has increased. In 1999, there were nearly 1.5 million people over seventy, and by the beginning of 2019 they were 2.3 million.
In addition, people over seventy have become more mobile, according to Statistics Netherlands. In the measured period, both the average number of car kilometers and the average number of bicycle kilometers among that age group increased.