Number of cyclist road fatalities in the Netherlands 2009-2019

In 2019, nearly 203 cyclists were killed in traffic in the Netherlands. This was a steep increase compared to 2008 and one of the highest number of cyclists killed in traffic accidents in the ten-year period surveyed here. In total, there were roughly 660 road fatalities in 2019.

 Most road fatalities in car accidents

  The car was the most dangerous mode of transportation in 2019, with a total of 237 fatalities. The bicycle came in second place, with 203 victims. By comparison, that year 49 pedestrians and 28 truck drivers were also killed in traffic accidents in the Netherlands.

Trend in traffic deaths

   The number of road fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants decreased between 2006 and 2016, from 4.6 per 100,000 people in 2006 to 3.5 most recently. The number of traffic deaths peaked in 2007, at 4.7 per 100,000 inhabitants. The lowest value was reached in 2014, at just over three. After 2014, the number of deaths increased again.  

Number of cyclists killed in traffic in the Netherlands from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Road fatality: a road user whose death is the result of an accident on the public road, connected to the traffic, involving at least one moving vehicle. The number includes both residents and non-residents. Not counted as road fatalities are those accidents occurring on other places than the public road, deaths occurring 30 days or more after the accident, or when the deceased is counted as suicide or murder victim.

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