The City of Boulder just released their Safe Streets Boulder Report which highlights many safety aspects for the users of Boulders Streets. The Daily Camera does some indepth analysis of the report and below is a snippet from article
Bicycles vs. vehicles make up 6 percent of all traffic accidents in Boulder, according to the Safe Streets report.
At that rate, cyclists are about three times more likely to be involved in an accident with a vehicle than a pedestrian is.
"You've really got to pay attention," said Jason Estes, a bike courier with Denver/Boulder Couriers who was making deliveries through the snow Friday morning.
By far, the most common danger to cyclists in Boulder is drivers making turns within intersections. Turning vehicles were the cause of 40 percent of all bike-vehicle crashes during the study period. In about 10 percent of the cases, a driver was making a right turn on a red light.
City baffled by summer drop
The study also poses something of a mystery for city officials.
The report revealed -- not surprisingly -- that as the weather warms up, more people in Boulder take to riding their bike. But the study also found that the number of accidents involving bikes goes down in May, June and July.
Cowern, the traffic engineer, wasn't certain why that is, but the smaller population of students over the summer could be part of the reason.
He also speculated that as the number of people on bikes reaches a certain point, drivers become so aware of them that behaviors change and accidents decrease. That's a tantalizing theory for a city that prides itself on getting people out of their cars.
"If it is in fact true that our system would become statistically safer and safer the more people ride their bike, of course that's extremely interesting to us," he said.
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