The most recent data on bicycle accidents paints a grim picture. While 45,000 cyclists were injured on US roads in 2015 -- a 10% drop since 2014 -- the same year brought the deaths of 818 cyclists -- the highest number since 1995. Now those of who enjoy the pleasure of an afternoon ride have another thing to worry about: drones.
The video above, shot at Golden State Race in Sacremento, California, shows what happened when a drone operator attempted to get up-close-and-personal footage from the middle of a bicycle race. First the small quadcopter collided with a tree above, then careened down into the rider's path, smashing it to pieces. For a few seconds it looks like all's well, but pieces of the drone lodged into the rider's front wheel and eventually caught, causing him to flip head-over-wheels and crash down hard -- arms first, head second -- onto the pavement.