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L.A.'s Top 10 Streets for Bicycle Crashes Revealed

L.A.'s Top 10 Streets for Bicycle Crashes Revealed
Nanette Gonzalez for LA Weekly

You're probably already aware that there's a hit-and-run epidemic in L.A., and that bicycling in a car-crazed capital like Los Angeles can be hazardous to your health.

See also: Critical Mass Bike Ride Recognizes L.A. Hit-&-Run Victims

But the nerds at the MIT Media Lab's Social Computing Group recently came up with a graphic look at all the cyclist-related crashes in Los Angeles by analyzing 2012 LAPD data.

The group graphed out each and every report of a bike crash with a dot on a map of the city of L.A. See a resulting list of the 10 worst streets for cyclist accidents, below:

An LAPD Central Traffic Division officer told us that a majority of those reports used by MIT researchers probably involved a motor vehicle. Ouch.

But, he said, "We also get a good amount of bicyclists hitting the curb and hurting themselves significantly, and it would be documented in our injury report category."

Speaking of the Central Traffic Division, the map seems to show a thick constellation of reported crashes right in the heart of downtown.

See also: L.A.'s Bloody Hit-and-Run Epidemic

From there, most of the accidents and collisions appear to happen on some of L.A.'s biggest, most-familiar east-west boulevards. Here's that top 10, via MIT's analysis of LAPD data:

L.A.'s Top 10 Streets for Bicycle Crashes Revealed
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1. Olympic Boulevard (72 crashes).
2. Venice Boulevard (63).
3. Sunset Boulevard (55).
4. Van Nuys Boulevard (54).
5. Pico Boulevard (52 crashes).
6. Washington Boulevard (49).
7. Vermont Avenue (49).
8. Sherman Way (46)
9. Wilshire Boulevard (43).
10. Western Avenue (42).

Researchers mapped out 2043 total bike wrecks in the city for that year as part of their series of municipal maps "tracing the narratives of our collective experience," according to the group's You Are Here website.

For L.A., researchers state, expectations are high:

This map helps to show where crashes tend to happen - like Olympic Avenue, Venice Avenue and Sunset [Boulevard] - in the hope that those streets might be made safer for riders.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.

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