These Are the Streets You Want to Avoid When You're Riding Your Bike

Whether you're a commuter or a leisure rider, when you head out on your bicycle you want to be safe. That could mean wearing a helmet, making sure your bike's tuned up, or avoiding the streets where the most bicycle crashes happen. That last part just got a little easier, thanks to these data-derived maps by You Are Here.

Based on police data from reported bicycle crashes in 11 U.S. cities, these interactive maps let you zoom in to the neighborhood, street, or intersection where each reported crash occurred, and even explore the site with Google Street View. Some interesting trends become visible: for instance, if you're cycling in Manhattan, pretty much don't ever ride on a north-south avenue.

These Are the Streets You Want to Avoid When You're Riding Your Bike

Naturally, the most bike-busy streets have the highest concentration of bike accidents—no dead-end is going to match the cyclist carnage of, say, Los Angeles's Olympic Avenue, the site of 72 crashes in 2012. But it's interesting and helpful to see where the biggest problems are, so that maybe you can avoid them on your next ride.

Use these statistics, so you don't become a statistic. [You Are Here]