Law enforcement and public officials gathered yesterday to kick off the Street Smart Campaign. In addition to warning pedestrians, cyclists and drivers that those who don’t obey traffic laws will be targeted and ticketed by police (for the next couple of weeks at least) they also released some data on crashes which are up for cyclists and pedestrians.
[I've had this data for awhile and I'm actively working on a post about it, but it's going slow]. Allison Klein's story in the Post often combines cyclists and pedestrians making it hard to tell how things are going for just cyclists, and even though she writes that
Last year, there were 436 bike vs. vehicle crashes in the District that were serious enough for police to respond to the accident, according to city data.
Part of the reason for the increase in people being hit might be that there has been a 68 percent jump in cyclists in the city over the past three years, officials said.
Which is all true, but she fails to report on how many crashes there were before 2010. Here are those numbers for several of the last few years.
1997 - 257
1998 - 253
1999 - 261
2005 - 270
2006 - 293
2007 - 279
2008 - 334
2009 - 353
2010 - 436
So yes, it's been on the climb (injuries look basically the same).
Anyway more to come on this data later - I promise.
Last month we attended the DC Council oversight hearing on pedestrian and bicycle enforcement, and needless to say, we learned a lot. But what stood out for us was that there was so much more that we needed to know–about how and where bike crashes happened in the region and more detailed information about the circumstances both during and after the crash.
Coincidentally, there was a very serious crash yesterday morning at 2nd and Constitution, NW that left one adult male cyclist in "life-threatening" condition. Let's hope he pulls through.