MIT puts Portland bike crashes on display

Ghost bike-Tribune photo
FILE - A ghost bike and helmet mark the intersection at Southwest Madison and Third where cyclist Kathryn Leah Rickson was crushed beneath a right-turning truck in May 2012. (TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Portland became the most recent project for a group of  MIT students focusing on bicycle safety in the United States.

The students released an interactive map  last Friday that visualizes each of the 1,085 reported bicycle accidents in the city of Portland from 2010 to 2013.

Using several coding languages, the students marked each accident with a neon dot. The brighter the collection of dots, the more accidents that occurred in that area.

An interactive displaying bicycle accidents within the city of Portland from 2010 to 2013. Created by group of MIT students. (Courtesy of http://youarehere.cc)
An interactive displaying bicycle accidents within the city of Portland from 2010 to 2013. Created by group of MIT students. (Courtesy of http://youarehere.cc)

The interactive also features a bar graph of accidents by street and a street view displaying a selected road.

Eight streets had more than 30 bike accidents over the period, with the largest number of accidents reported at Broadway Street with 78. Portland is generally known as one of the country’s most bike-conscious metropolitan areas.

The students, known as the Social Computing Group, are calling the initiative the You are Here project.

Interactives of Portland and Chicago were released April 4,  one day after You are Here made its Los Angeles data imaging public.

The Social Computing Group launched the project with Cambridge and San Francisco.

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