A new report looks at how recent crashes and near misses map onto short- and long-term projects in the Houston Bike Plan, underscoring the importance of following through on them.
Biking on Houston streets, even for those who do it daily, can be a terrifying experience. Just halfway through 2018, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded a total 476 bicycle-involved crashes in which nine bicyclists were killed and 193 were injured. But those incidents do not fully capture the extent of how dangerous it can be. Official crash data don’t include incidents where people narrowly avoided collisions. Some harrowing experiences about these close calls were captured in a study that collected information on volunteers’ travel during one week in March 2017.