From the "damned lies and statistics" department: Just because Blakely and 25th has the most crashes, that doesn't make it the most dangerous intersection (as the P-I proclaims it to be.) It just happens to have the most cyclists riding there, thanks to its location on the Burke. There are many more dangerous intersections in town... they just have fewer accidents because they have fewer cyclists passing through.
There are many more dangerous intersections in town...
I'm curious: Which intersections do you guys think are the most dangerous?
Stone Way and 50th (a five-way).
yep 25th and blakely is nuts. it's tough to make a right turn there. there's always at least one bicyclist going for it. that'd be a great place for a bridge, if they didn't cost $1million.
I'd like see a corresponding map of pedestrian fatalities. I'd swear one of the most dangerous spots is 145th and Lake City.
Giantlady is right, we need to ask two questions:
1. Where do people bike and how many are there at each intersection?
2. Where are there reported and unreported crashes at intersections?
Knowing 2 without 1 artificially inflates heavy bike traffic spots to get more attention, while not dealing with the medium or low traffic super-dangerous spots.
And I thought you got 10 points per ped at 145th and Lake City Way - most times you only get 5 points for hitting a ped, so when you're driving, you go for the point-rich spots.
It's not really an intersection but the 3-way northbound merge on the north side of the University Bridge is terrible.
Why are people so insistent we make Seattle a bike friendly city? Who out there doesn't enjoy a 45 minute commute to travel 4-6 miles to and from work everyday? It seems silly to try and persuade people that cycling could be one of many options to help ease gridlock. I mean come on, what's next? Is the city going to advocate that people who work downtown should ride buses?
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I really hate the stretch of Fairview from Eastlake to the Hutch.
The merge ramps for the University Bridge are also miserable.
But 25th and Blakley is a mess. So is the Burke crossing on the UW campus just to the south. The cars come barreling down a huge hill and are not required to stop. Many do, but there have been some really close calls for me.
And Jeff, right on! There should be a death penalty for minorly inconveniencing drivers, right?
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Heh. My "not getting it" one didn't either. ;p
I remember when the intersection on the south side of the University bridge was a four-way stop - no light. Now that was dangerous. Not that that helps.
I will add though, that Roosevelt/11th is an all in all scary ride, northbound our southbound, between 45th St and Romios. On the way down it is fun -- is kind of like a video game -- but I feel like I could die any moment. On the way up, as others mentioned, those multiple turnoffs are scary. Prime street for a bike lane?
Jude... I'm not sure if it's in the plan, but that stretch of Roosevelt might be a prime spot for a sharrow. Bikes can pretty much ride the speed limit down that hill and should be allowed to occupy a lane until it hits the bridge.
"So is the Burke crossing on the UW campus just to the south. The cars come barreling down a huge hill and are not required to stop. Many do, but there have been some really close calls for me."
At this crossing, bicycles have a stop sign. That means cars don't have to stop, you do. More bikers need to get used to the idea that in a busy city with multiuse roads, sometimes you have to stop for traffic.
Doink @ 10:
Stop signs do not apply to bicyclists. Bicyclists are above the law. Bicyclists are saving the world from global warming, and therefore they are better human beings than people who drive cars are. So don't even suggest such a thing.
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