Almost 1 out of 10 people who live in San Francisco use a bicycle, either as their sole means of transportation or for leisure. With so many bicyclists on the streets each day, it may be no surprise that the City has become notorious for frequent bicycle accidents.
In order to help understand what causes bicycle accidents and where they are happening in San Francisco, the people behind Zendrive, a popular smartphone application that tracks and scores driver behavior, collected a decades’ worth of bicycle accident information to locate the most dangerous areas in the City for bicyclists.
The Most Dangerous Streets According to Zendrive
The collected data – most of it provided by the San Francisco Police Department – indicated that at least one bicycle accident occurs in San Francisco every day. In particular, areas around US Route 101 and the I-80 saw a noticeable increase in collisions between motorists and bicyclists. Zendrive found that Valencia Street and Market Street corridors were the two avenues with the most bicycle collisions in 10 years that resulted in serious injury or death.
To further understand the causes of these hotspots, which can all be seen in Zendrive’s full article here, the company used its own application processes to measure how often the average driver engaged in cellphone use. As they had predicted, the intersections with multiple bicycle accidents were a hotbed of smartphone use activity. Off- and on-ramps for the 101 and 80 were noticeable in their data collections, possibly due to people using phones for directions as they enter or exit the city.
At Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, our San Francisco personal injury attorneys encourage you to review Zendrive’s findings if you use a bicycle to get around the city.