This map shows the locations of reported bike crashes in Philadelphia between 2007 and 2012. You can also view the map here.
The red dots on the map don't get more red with an increase beyond 4 crashes ("It's like, how much more red could this be? And the answer is...none, none more red.") Drilling down into the data reveals the locations with the greatest number of reported bike crashes:
- Broad & Spruce - 10 crashes
- Broad & Pine - 9 crashes
- Broad & Spring Garden - 9 crashes
- 34th & Spruce - 8 crashes
- Broad & Washington - 7 crashes
- Broad & Vine - 7 crashes
- Schuylkill Ave & Chestnut - 6 crashes
- 38th & Spruce - 6 crashes
- 38th & Market - 6 crashes
- 16th & Arch/BFP area - 5 crashes
- 30th & Chestnut - 5 crashes
- Broad & Walnut - 5 crashes
- 5th & Market - 5 crashes
- 22nd & Market - 5 crashes
- This does not take into account bicycle volume. Broad & Spruce also sees some of the highest rates of bicycle traffic in the city, making the rate of crashes there significantly lower than this map would suggest.
- These are only reported bike crashes. Many bicyclists do not report their crashes to the police, either because there was neither injury nor damage, or because they believe (falsely) such things should not be reported to the police.
And lastly, if you're a writer covering this map for another outlet, we don't want to see you call this an "accident map." These are crashes, not accidents. Most bike crashes are somebody's fault, be it the bicyclist, the driver, the pedestrian, or the built environment. And crashes can be prevented.
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