A 16-year-old bicyclist from New Jersey was killed on September 6 by a hit-and-run driver. According to this article on Philly.com, he was riding his bike with two other teenagers when he was struck by a 31-year-old man who allegedly fled the scene. He faces reckless driving and other charges.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported that there were 8 bicyclist deaths and 1,419 injuries in 2008. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, in the United States 716 bicyclists were killed and 52,000 injured in traffic accidents. Thirteen percent of those killed were under the age of 16. Alcohol was reported in more than one third of all the fatalities.
Safety tips for bicyclists can be found on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, some of which include: wear a helmet; ensure proper size and function of bicycle; follow the rules of the road; act like a driver of a vehicle; drive with care and share the road; stay focused and alert.