Bicycle crash report to help fix problem areas

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – A first of its kind report in Tippecanoe County helps engineers and law enforcement understand where and when crashes involving bicycles happen.

Tippecanoe County Transportation Planner Doug Poad said the report looks at wrecks from 2007 to 2012. In that time, 310 bicycle crashes happened, with 140 being in the area of Purdue University.

Poad said the report provides the county with a measure of crashes going forward.

“Any number of crashes is alarming. We’ve never done a report this in-depth,” Poad said. “When we go forward from this — in hopes of doing this again two or three years down the road — we can do a comparison. Have we done better or have we done worse?”

Two campus intersections led the way of incidents reported. The intersections of State Street and River Road and State and Salisbury streets both saw the most bicycle wrecks with seven apiece.

Poad said this study can assist in future projects.

“We have the information, now, in the hands of the engineers and law enforcement,” Poad said. “They can look it over and say, okay do we need to do something at this intersection? Do we need to look at something at this corridor more in depth.”

Poad said the next step will be to compile a report on crashes involving pedestrians.

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