New map of Austin bicycle accidents created by college students
Austin residents may be proud their town is nationally and internationally known for many wonderful things, such as a phenomenal live music scene, a thriving theater community, good weather, great food, and boundless educational opportunities. Now, thanks to a collaboration between mathematicians, scientists, artists and designers, Austin may soon be known for something a little less wonderful: bicycle accidents.
Through a project called “You Are Here,” students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will create an interactive map of one city each day. According to the project website, these could be places they students have called home at one time or another, or perhaps have an affinity for. Just two weeks into the project, they have released a map of Austin’s bicycle accidents.
The map pinpoints the location of 1,430 bicycle crashes that have occurred since 2009. The data used to create the map was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation. The map allows users to see exactly where each crash happened.
In a city with so many bicyclists, and more and more people turning to alternative modes of transportation every day, the new map may be very useful for city planners in helping them determine the best locations for future bike lanes and other appropriate accommodations for the two-wheeled traveler. According to the map, the most dangerous route in town for bicyclists is Guadalupe Street, followed by South Congress Avenue, Interstate 35, North Lamar Boulevard, South First Boulevard, East Riverside Drive, and Barton Springs Road.
In a city with an average of 238 bicycle accidents reported to police each year, it is important for those injured in bicycle accidents to know that they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Anyone who has been injured in such an accident may wish to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Source: Culturemap Austin, “MIT maps Austin bike wrecks and includes worst streets for accidents,” Katie Friel, April 14, 2014