City officials say 80 to 100 bike vs. car crashes happen annually

City officials say 80 to 100 bike vs. car crashes happen annually

With spring here there’s no doubt more people will start biking and that can mean more accidents.

“If it’s nice outside you’re going to bike,” Shawn Burr, a Madison cyclist, said.

Boasting more than 300 miles of paths, lanes and routes there is no question why so many people choose two wheels over four.

“Yep, to and from work every day,” Burr said.

He’s not alone. Arthur Ross the pedestrian and bicycle coordinator for the city, said 6 percent or about 15,000 people bike in Madison.

“The average across the country is less than 2 percent,” Ross said.

With that many bikers and drivers, not to mention pedestrians, sharing the road, accidents are bound to happen.

“It’s about 80 to 100 or so bicycle/motor vehicle crashes a year,” Ross said.

Ross said that statistic that could be rolled back if more people paid attention, gave each other more space and followed basic rules.

“A stop sign means stop. Most people driving and bicycling don’t necessarily stop at stop signs,” Ross said. “At a cross walk you need to yield to a pedestrian,”

Violate anything mentioned above and you’ll likely get a ticket. However, Ross said your motivation for doing the right thing on the road shouldn’t be money.

“We want people to respect each other because those are our social values in our community,” he said.

For more information on biking in Madison go to cityofmadison.com/bikemadison.