Boston’s Bike Report Reveals Crash Trends

Man walking down Commonwealth Avenue looks at the ghost bike left in Christopher Weigl’s memory, on Monday December 11, 2012. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A man walking down Commonwealth Avenue looks at the ghost bike left in Christopher Weigl’s memory on Monday December 11, 2012. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wants to cut in half the number of bicyclists hurt in crashes by the year 2020.

Recommendations in the new Cyclist Safety Report (PDF) released by the city of Boston include adding helmet vending machines at Hubway stations, fining riders who don’t obey cycling laws, and increasing police enforcement of areas with high crash rates.

“The bicycle has become a critical part of our transportation system,” Menino said in a statement. “This spirited resurgence of the bicycle has placed our city streets in a time of transition, from one dependent upon cars, to one embracing more active transportation options. Transitions can be difficult.”

The report found that half of injured cyclists were young adults, ages 18-30. Data showed that peak times for crashes were 5:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. And the majority of bike accidents involved a collision with a motor vehicle.

Data for the report’s analysis came from Boston Police, Boston Emergency Medical Services and Boston Bikes.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    why would they leave out the number of people who died? between 2010 ans 2012 they killed 9 people. 3x as many as bombing victims. will the president and james taylor honor their deaths ?

  • J__o__h__n

    How long are the ghost bikes going to be there? There has been one for well over a year near Northeastern. Public memorials should be approved so we aren’t stuck with a lot of them. After a reasonable grieving period, they should be removed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

      maybe we could get james taylor to come ride one around the city for a while. i guess if you dont want your bike to be stolen just paint it white and no one will want it.

  • http://twitter.com/dankoff Dan Koff

    If the city wants to encourage biking, ticketing cyclists isn’t going to help. Since the majority of accidents are with vehicles, the recommendations should focus more on separating the two forms of transportation. The few separated bike lanes that exist in the city could be improved with better connections between segments, and streets could be reconfigured better for bike safety. Paint is a poor substitute for real infrastructural improvements.

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