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Study Examines Factors Of Bicycle-Vehicle Crashes

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A bicyclist was struck in Dinkytown on Thursday, April 21, 2011. (credit: CBS)

A bicyclist was struck in Dinkytown on Thursday, April 21, 2011. (credit: CBS)

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new study aims to improve the safety of bicyclists and drivers in Minneapolis by examining the factors that cause crashes between the two.

The city’s Department of Public Works looked at data from nearly 3,000 bicycle-vehicle accident reports from 2000 to 2010.

They concluded that while more bicyclists are on the road in Minneapolis today, the number of crashes between bicycles and vehicles have remained relatively flat.

The study also shows there isn’t a common contributing factor in most of these crashes and that drivers and bicyclists are to blame.

The data shows most crashes occur at intersections along major arterials, that drivers are not seeing or yielding to bicyclists and that bicyclists are not riding in a predictable manner.

The city plans to use this data to help improve the safety of bicyclists and will use the information to design new bicycle facilities.

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