Louisville Bicyclists: Where Are You Most in Danger?

The 2013 bicycle collision statistics are now available, and we have compiled a detailed infographic to help you take them in. Despite some improvements, bicycling remains fairly dangerous on busy Louisville streets. About 130 of last year’s bike crashes involved bodily harm. Compared to 2012, the city reported eight less injuries and three fewer deaths. One bicyclist was killed in a collision during 2013.

Many different factors contributed to these bike accidents. Poor visibility remains a common problem in bike crashes; roughly six out of 10 collisions happened at night. About 20 incidents occurred when someone failed to yield the right-of-way. Meanwhile, inattentive driving caused approximately 33 crashes. Rain or ice played a role in 12 percent of the injuries, and a single crash was attributed to alcohol.

As in any city, some Louisville roads and neighborhoods prove more dangerous than others. Numerous bicycle collisions happened on West Broadway, Dixie Highway and nearby streets. During 2013, the largest concentration of crashes transpired near the city center. Other crashes were scattered throughout the city; somewhat more collisions occurred in the South Louisville area.

If you are a frequent bike rider in Louisville, or anywhere in Kentucky, it is important to know your rights if you are involved in an crashes. It can be the difference between having to cover your own medical bills, and getting compensation from the responsible party.

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One comment on “Louisville Bicyclists: Where Are You Most in Danger?
  1. I have a couple of comments:

    First, let’s dispense with the term “accidents,” which implies that nobody was at fault or there was no identifiable cause for what are better called “crashes.”

    As a cycling safety instructor, I focus part of my instruction on data-driven examination of crash causes so that my students may better understand how crashes happen and take rational measures to reduce their crash likelihood.

    Second, national statistics indicate that the largest subset of “bicycle crashes that lead to admission to a hospital” is solo falls. Crashes with moving motor vehicles constitute less than half the percentage of the overall total than the solo falls subset. For this reason, a quick read of the documents one finds on a search for “five layers of safety” yields that the first and most important layer is controlling one’s bicycle well.

    Third, I was glad to see that the statistics you cited included something about illegal behavior. The second of the five layers mentioned previously is “obey traffic law.”

    Incidentally, the third layer is “ride so as to discourage mistakes made by others,” the fourth is “learn and maintain practice at evasive maneuvers,” and the fifth regards passive protection like helmets, gloves, and safety eyewear. Something on order of ninety- or ninety-five percent of cyclist crashes are covered in the first four layers.

    Fourth, I ride in many areas of Louisville, and have rarely encountered issues that were specific to one neighborhood. I suspect that the reason why there are more bicycle-related crashes in any particular area has more to do with the way people in that area who ride behave than with the area itself. I would remind whoever compiled the data for this infographic that correlation doesn’t always imply causation. That a certain section of Dixie Highway sees more bicycle crashes than a segment of Shelbyville Road doesn’t necessarily mean that I have to avoid Dixie Highway.

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