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

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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.

Illustration for article titled These Are the Streets You Want to Avoid When Youre 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]

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Nicola Twilley

I rode my bike north up 1st Avenue in Manhattan yesterday, and was right behind a guy who got hammered by a taxi making a left turn onto E 7th. The bike path is protected, the intersections with traffic lights are protected with separate signals for bikes and for drivers turning left, but the intersections without lights are a crapshoot.

What was even more astonishing was that the first thing the taxi driver did, after the cyclist had flown over his windshield, was start yelling at him.

Which reminds me of one time, on my bike home from work in LA, when a guy actually stopped his car at the intersection and got out to tell me face-to-face how stupid I was for riding a bike in LA, and that it was too dangerous. Jaw-dropping.