The Bay Citizen recently reported on rising bike accidents and their leading causes and locations, using data reported to the SFPD within the last two years. With helpful infographics, the article provides statistics and viewpoints both bicyclists and drivers should be aware of.
The Mission: 96 accidentsSouth of Market: 85 accidentsDowntown: 68 accidentsWestern Addition: 41 accidentsFinancial District: 34 accidentsInner Richmond: 27 accidentsCastro-Upper Market: 27 accidentsHaight-Ashbury: 22 accidentsOuter Mission: 16 accidentsNorth Beach: 15 accidentsBernal Heights: 13 accidentsLakeshore: 12 accidentsBayview: 11 accidentsOuter Sunset: 11 accidents
- Market and Octavia: 14 accidents
- Market and 5th: 14 accidents
- Market and New Montgomery: 8 accidents
- Geary and Polk: 8 accidents
- Powell and Masonic: 8 accidents
Kate McCarthy, 31, was biking up Mission Street in February 2009 when a recreational vehicle going the opposite direction made an illegal left turn right in front of her. She swerved, but still collided with the giant vehicle, crashing her bike and cutting her face. After a police officer showed up to take the report, he refused to cite the driver, even though there were several witnesses, according to McCarthy. The officer would not write up a police report assigning fault. McCarthy filed a complaint with the city’s Office of Citizen Complaints. Three months later, the body ruled that the police department should have issued a report.
While six accidents happened in 2009, eight occurred in 2010 — all of them taking place after the improvements were made. Almost every crash here is caused by cars making illegal right turns. “The more things they try there, it doesn’t really help,” said Shaana Rahman, a lawyer who has represented two cyclists in Market/Octavia crashes. “I feel like the answer is to let the cars go right and move the bike lane to a mid-bike lane.”