Mapping Traverse City’s Crash Report: Dangerous by Design?
Dangerous by Design?
Map of the 19 crashes involving people on bicycles and people in cars on record in Traverse City from April 1 to August 18. The color codes represent who was recorded as “at fault.” The “Blue dot” was recorded as motorists fault, “red” as bicyclist and “green” as neutral.
Of interest to me, is that 15 of the 19 are in locations that have had complaints about poor design of the public space. Either, the intersection is built for speed or little attention is given to designing for people not in cars.Lack of appropriate design increases the potential for crashes to occur.
Yes, there are at times that people make poor choices, but intentional design can go a long way in helping users make the safest choice. Before winter hits, I’ll try to visit this intersections to capture images. I already documenting one intersection: 14th and Division St.