BERN, SWITZERLAND – The number of motorcyclists killed on Swiss roads rose by 25% in 2015, to 66 deaths, with the federal Highway Office suggesting that clement weather during the summer months may have been partly to blame, with more bikes on the road.
Cyclist deaths, on the other hand, were down slightly, except for one group: 14 people died while using electric bikes, compared to 5 the previous year. Police say cyclists over age 65 were particularly affected.
The number of pedestrians killed on roads also increased compared to 2014, to 58. One-third of them were killed in protected crosswalks.
Nearly 4,000 seriously injured
Road accidents accounted for 3,830 serious injuries in 2015.