2008 Bike Involved Collisions in Los Angeles
Earlier this month we released a preliminary report from LAPD’s Sergeant Krumer about the bike involved collisions in 2008. Krumer has finalized that report. You can download the report here, or view it below. I suggest clicking “full” so you’ll be able to read it better. There’s definitely some good stuff that has been added since the previous report, so I recommend checking it out (download):
I’ve perused the report a bit, and I think there’s some interesting data there – I’m looking forward to analysis of this data by others in the bike community. Josef Bray-Ali, this means you!
As many know, the City doesn’t do bike counts. In lieu of bike counts from the city, accident data serves as a kind of grim proxy. For instance, check out the data for month of accident, on slide 15. It shows bike accidents growing in the summer, and declining in the winter, as does riding.
On the other hand, there’s reasons why it’s not a good proxy. For example, accident rates in Europe are sometimes 6 times lower. So, we could easily double the number of riders in LA, but make riding so much safer that absolute accident rates go down. That’s one reason LADOT should be doing a bike count right now, in advance of adoption of any proposed bike plan. Without an accurate, comprehensive, and accepted bike count done by a government agency, it will be hard to infer much from other bike data.
Sergeant Krumer added an interesting chart which shows that 38% of collisions in LA were hit & run in LA in 2008. As we reported earlier, 23% of bike involved collisions are hit and run. I take away two things from that. First, we’re actually at less risk for hit and run, when you ignore our injuries. However, if you look at how cyclists fair in collisions, you see that 7.0% of (reported) collisions result in severe injury or death. For non-cyclists, that rate is 3.2%. Cyclists have a lot more to fear from a collision.
Second, hit and run is a city wide epidemic affecting ALL THE CITIZENS OF LA – motorists, children, pedestrians, cyclists, elderly, healthy, studly, and slimy – we are all in danger. 38% of collisions are hit and run!! That’s nearly 2 in 5. That is bananas, and it represents sociopathy in a lot of people out there on the road.
That means we have a common cause with all road users in addressing hit and run. Let’s include everyone in the solution.