By Kyle WhittingtonNovember 10, 2017 12:25:16There’s a little bit of light on the streets of Chicago, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.
In fact, it’s very dark.
According to a new report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), bicycles and pedestrians are two of the most dangerous modes of transportation in the city.
According the NACTO’s data, “vehicle crashes involving bicyclists increased by more than 1,200 percent between 2012 and 2015.”
And while some drivers have taken precautions to mitigate this, others are more careless.
In 2015, a Chicago Police Department officer was hit and killed by a cyclist who had hit a tree in front of him.
And while Chicago has long been plagued by a spate of bike-related deaths, a new study published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention suggests that the number of bicycle-related injuries has risen by almost 700 percent in Chicago in the last four years.
That’s a big jump.
According a 2015 study by researchers from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, bicycling accidents have increased by nearly 10,000 percent since 2012.
That’s an increase of nearly 100 percent, the researchers said.
And that’s a huge increase.
The study found that the rate of bicycle injuries in Chicago increased by 7,965 percent between 2000 and 2015.
In 2015, more than 3,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a bicycle.
That number nearly tripled in the past four years, according to NACTE.
In fact, the city’s bicycle accident rate doubled from 1,569 to 2,938 incidents in 2015, according the NACPTO report.
So, if the trend continues, Chicago could see an increase in fatal bike crashes, with the potential for over 1,000 more deaths by 2020, according Dr. James H. Moberg, the study’s lead author.
“If we want to reduce fatalities in the next few years, we need to increase the rate, because we’re going to have to deal with this in the years ahead,” Moberger said.
Moberg said it’s likely that the increase in cycling fatalities will only continue as the city moves forward with a variety of transportation improvements, including more bicycle lanes, protected bike lanes and bike sharing programs.
“We have to make sure that the streets are safe, and that they’re protected and that people are able to cycle safely,” Mberg said.
“And we have to do a lot more.”
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