A Map of Bad Memories

Bike accidents in the Bay Area are being tracked.

If you’ve been in a reported bike/car accident in the past five years (December 2009 – January 2005) in the Bay Area, you can see it on an interactive map developed by The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit news organization founded in San Francisco in 2010.

The data came from the California Highway Patrol, which happens to maintain a database on such matters. This convenience saved The Bay Citizen a lot of extra work by not having to go to each county/city to ask for accident records.

While names are not provided, it gives a fair amount of detail: date, time, who was at fault (if known), injuries or fatalities, type of violation, case number, and whether it was a hit and run.

Bike Accident Tracker 2.0 builds on an earlier effort to record accidents in San Francisco.

While I initially could not find some high-profile accidents, that was my fault. They’re all there. While it may not have every accident, this is probably as close as we’ll get to seeing the big picture.

The Bay Citizen draws some conclusions, which you can read on its website. From what I’ve seen, the worst streets have lots of traffic and driveways, such as El Camino Real and San Carlos Street in San Jose. Downtown areas are another high-accident location, but that’s not surprising.

One accident that drew my attention involved four riders on Sunday, March 9, 2008, late afternoon, on Skyline Boulevard about a mile north of Sky Londa. What’s up with that?

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