Have you wished you knew how safe each street is for cycling? Thanks to Deputy Chief David Doan, Mihai Peteu, Sergeant David Krumer, Paul Bringetto, Tait McCarthy, and Lyke Thompson, Bikeside is proud to bring the community one step closer to that goal. Above we have displayed all the collision data from 2008 recorded by LAPD (involving cyclists.) A single red dot represents a collision, and a larger red dot with a 2 or a 3 or a 4 in it represents 2 or 3 or 4 collisions. As you can see, East Hollywood, the defacto center of bike culture in LA, has plenty of accidents.
As always, the problem is we don’t know how many cyclists ride these streets, so the data does not give relative risk. Regardless, if you check out the maps for San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys Blvd stands out like a fresh bloodstain.
Where are we getting these maps and how can you view and play with them? Check back next week!