Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Do More Cyclists Mean Safer Streets?
Friday, February 18, 2011 - 04:09 PM
(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The latest data comes from Minneapolis ' League of Bicyclists. (hat tip: Streetsblog) which shows steadily fewer bike accidents as more cyclists hit the streets. In 1999 there were three hundred some-odd bike crashes -- a decade later, that number was 269. During the same period, daily bike commuters jumped from 3000 to 8000.
New York's trend has been similar: city data shows a huge spike in cycling in the latter part of the last decade. But overall bicycle crashes have not been rising, according to the New York City DOT. Bicycle deaths did increase from 2009 to 2010 -- to 18. That's up from 12 in 2009 but down from 26 in 2008.
New York's pedestrian safety report also found that the installation of bike lanes makes those streets safer for all users, whether on foot, in a car, or on a bike.
But San Francisco is showing the opposite trend -- as Kate and Casey reported earlier this month . According to a pretty lengthy analysis by the Bay Citizen, crashes are rising faster in San Francisco than the number of cyclists.
What's going on here? Planners &c, please weigh in!