According to a study conducted by MetroPlan Orlando, using data from 2003 to 2004, there are 20 corridors which are deemed as the Most Dangerous Corridors for a cyclist in Orange County, Seminole County and Osceola County. These corridors add up to 69.6 miles of streets, only 0.9% of all the streets in the metropolitan area, yet they account for 25.3% of the bicyclist-motorist crashes in the three county area.
Most Common Areas of Cycling Accidents in Orange County
Of these twenty corridors, Orange County had the highest number by far. The greatest amount of accidents occurred on the corridor of Orange Blossom Trail from Colonial Drive to Sand Lake Road and the corridor of Goldenrod Road from University Boulevard to Narcoossee Road. Although these corridors had the highest number of crashes, there are two other corridors with the highest crashes per mile. The corridor of Westmoreland from Robinson Street to Anderson Street( 0.6 miles) had 7.5 crashes per mile; the other corridor of University Boulevard from Semoran Boulevard to Goldenrod Road (1.25 miles) with 4.8 crashes.
Where Bicycle Crashes Occur in Seminole County
Seminole County also has multiple dangerous corridors. The two most dangerous were State Road 434 from Ronald Regan Boulevard to State Road 419 (3.4 miles) and US Highway 17-92 from Semoran Boulevard to State Road 434 (2.8 miles).
Two Common Places Where Bike Accidents Occur in Osceloa County
In Osceola County, there were two corridors which stood out as having the most crashes involving someone on a bicycle and a vehicle. The corridor of Vine Street (US Highway 192) from State Road 535 to Orange Blossom Trail (5.7 miles) and US 192 from Brown Chapel Road to Narcoosee Road (4.0 miles ).
In looking at these corridors, some of the common factors making these corridors more dangerous appear to be population density and traffic density as well on their proximity to commercial areas.
How a Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Help
Orlando bicycle injury attorney Jim Dodson represents people who have been seriously injured in all types of bicycle crashes as well as survivors of those who have died riding a bicycle. If you are interested in learning about tips and tricks on how to be safer, more visible and a better cyclist, I encourage you to get Jim’s Free Cycling Essentials eBooklet.
If you have any questions about bike laws and safety please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840.