Accident numbers show hot spots for bike vs. car crashes in Austin

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on May 2, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 2 at 9:28 PM

AUSTIN – Numbers obtained by KVUE News from Austin Police show groups of clusters citywide when it comes to bicycle vs. car crashes.

For 2012, there have already been 102 car and bike crashes. Last year, there were 132 during the first four months.
 
KVUE News looked at crashes for the same time periods, meaning the first four months of this year from 2009 to the present. 
 
The data shows clusters of bike and car crashes on South Lamar between Oltorf and Ben White where there were 14 accidents. 
 
South Congress from Oltorf to Ben White also showed a high concentration of bicycle and car crashes which surprised some cyclists there because there are bike lanes there.
 
We also saw a high concentration of crashes on Guadalupe near the University of Texas north to 45th Street.
 
However the highest concentration of bike and car crashes took place in the downtown area with high concentrations on streets like 5th between I-35 and Lamar.
 
“I've had people really get close to me, push me over with the wind and I've fell off. A couple of friends, same thing,” said Alain Gonzalez, a cyclist who rides everyday on South Lamar near Ben White.
 
More awareness on the part of drivers and more cyclists taking responsibility for their own safety may be the key in reducing the number of crashes.
 
“Just have respect for bikers, and bikers have respect for drivers. Remember, it's a car and ultimately you're not going to win against a car,” added Gonzalez.
 
Take a look at this interactive map showing all the bike accidents in January through April of 2009 through 2012.

View Bicycle Vehicle Accidents in a full screen map

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