A new study highlights some of the city’s most dangerous intersections for cyclists. It aims to alert motorists and cyclists to the dangers at these intersections, and to get public agencies to consider improvements. The study found that from 2011 to 2020, 1,410 crashes involved at least one cyclist, and nine cyclists were killed. In addition, 1,415 cyclists were injured in crashes, and 230 of them were seriously injured.
Research study identifies most dangerous intersections for cyclists
According to a new study, there are several intersections in Marin County where cycling is particularly dangerous. These intersections have many vehicles on them, and there are not many protected bike lanes. As a result, many cyclists are injured or killed at these locations. Thankfully, there are some improvements being made to help reduce cycling accidents.
Drawbacks of existing solutions
Cycling safety is one of the most important elements of sustainable mobility. It helps to shift travel from motorized transport to non-motorized modes. It is also an important component of road safety efforts. While collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles are inevitable, they can also be prevented. Bicycle safety solutions should aim to reduce the risk of cyclist fatalities and injuries.
New York City’s plan to redesign 50 crossings by 2019
While the number of cycling deaths in New York City decreased by more than 40 percent from 2010 to 2016, the number of cyclists killed in crashes increased. In 2017, the city reported 23 deaths involving cyclists, compared to 18 in 2016. Of note, none of these accidents occurred in a protected bike lane. In the coming years, the city hopes to make Manhattan’s crosstown roads more bike-friendly, starting with a 1.5-mile protected bike path on 13th Street. This will help mitigate the problems arising from the shutdown of the L-train in 2019.
Barriers for cyclists to navigate at intersections
The design of intersections is a crucial factor in making them safe for cyclists. They should include design elements such as colour coding, signage, and angle of turns to increase the visibility of cyclists. Bike-friendly intersections should also be designed to reduce speed.
Impact of right-angle intersections on injury risk
Researchers found that right-angle intersections increase the risk of injury to cyclists by approximately 44%. The researchers looked at several variables to identify what affected the severity of the crashes, including the type of traffic and age of the bicyclist. They also considered whether the cyclist was on a bicycle or a car and the type of road surface. Additionally, researchers looked at the number of bus stops located nearby.
Design of protected bike lanes on straightaways
A protected bike lane is a separated lane that extends around a dangerous intersection for cyclists. The lane is separated from vehicle traffic with corner islands. This minimizes the turn radius for bicyclists. It is also designed so that turning motorists slow down when approaching the bike lane. A protected intersection also has signal phasing to give cyclists a head start on the green. Finally, a curb extension helps make cyclists visible from the roadway.