Celebrating Bike to Work Month: A New Map Making It Safer For Austin CyclistsLeave a Comment
May is Bike to Work Month, an event that everyone at Shefman Law is fully in support of. Not only does Bike to Work Month encourage a practice that is both good for your health as well as the health of your community, it also provides a great opportunity to shed some light on different important aspects of bicycle activism. As Austin bicycle accident injury attorneys, we appreciate the opportunity Bike to Work Month provides for highlighting the need for safer conditions for Austin’s bicycle community.
Lucky for us, MIT has recently introduced a new initiative that is working toward producing safer conditions for cyclists throughout the U.S. In honor of Bike to Work Month, here’s an introduction to this new program, deemed You Are Here, as well as a few reasons why this app could prove life-saving for Austin’s cyclist community.
What is You Are Here?
You Are Here, developed by the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab, is an interactive map service developed to showcase all kinds of information, from locations of coffee shops to the density of concert venues in a unique urban environment. Most importantly for bicycle activists, You Are Here has been developed to show an evolving map of bicycle crashes within a certain city’s limits. If you click here, you’ll be taken to a scatter map showing where every recent bicycle accident and injury has occurred, with more frequent locations being highlighted by larger location markings. Using data provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, You Are Here has plotted 1,430 bicycle accidents that have occurred since 2009. As bicycle activists and lawyers, it’s easy for everyone at Shefman Law to see just how important this kind of information can be for the cycling community.
How Can You Are Here Benefit Bike Riders in Austin?
Aside from being an amazing visual sight, You Are Here has some major practical applications. For one, it allows for expert route planning. Seeing as though it’s Bike to Work Month, it’s hard to imagine a better resource for safely navigating your way around town. It is a sad fact that there are certain locations throughout Austin that are far more dangerous for cyclists, such as the intersection at 6th and Brazos. Whether due to high-density, poor maintenance or difficult conditions, some intersections in Austin are just flat out more treacherous than others, and You Are Here is a stunning tool for cyclists looking to avoid such debilitating areas. As bicycle accident and injury lawyers, we love You Are Here’s addition to the public safety of Austin cyclists.
As important as evolving tools are for bicycle safety, getting the word out that cyclists are currently forced to live with the possibility of getting injured is equally as important. If nothing else, You Are Here highlights the growing need for more effective legislation and public services for the bicycling community while simultaneously demonstrating just how dangerous it can be for cyclists out on the road. At Shefman Law, we’re not just personal injury attorneys, we’re cyclists just like you. If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident and have sustained injuries, contact us today for a thorough consultation.