New Data Analysis Reveals Santa Cruz Bike Crash Hotspots

As Santa Cruz celebrates its 25th Bike to Work Day, a new analysis of bike crash data brings a focus back on bike safety.

Between 2007 and 2010, there have been 731 reported bike accidents in the Santa Cruz area. A recent report using California Highway Patrol data has revealed some patterns in Santa Cruz that bike safety advocates hope will save lives in all biking communities.

Some highlights from the report: the majority of biking accidents, 126 collisions, were the result of unsafe turns. The second most common cause was unsafe speed. 40% of the accidents took place from 2p.m. to 6 p.m. with the greatest proportion occurring during the 5 p.m. hour.

Analysts also note that although roads in more rural areas have less drivers, the collisions are often more severe. Bicyclists have been killed on rural roads in Santa Cruz County for the past two years. The cause of all of those collisions appears to be motorists drifting into the bike lane.

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