A new paper published in the December issue of American Journal of Public Health used the Boston Area Research Initiative’s bicycle collision data for a study on bicycle safety and the risk of being injured in an accident. The authors, led by Dr. Felipe Pedroso, found that there has been a 14 percent decrease in the likelihood of being injured in a bike accident for each year from 2009 to 2012. BARI released the bicycle collision data on the Boston Data Portal in collaboration with the Boston Police Department, Boston Cyclists Union, and the Mayor’s Office, a project led by then-BARI Urban Doctoral Fellow Dr. Dahianna Lopez. The data initially were gathered to support a 2013 report by the City of Boston on bicycle safety, which then inspired the implementation of new safety strategies, from separated bike lanes to side guards on large city-contracted vehicles. The new paper scientifically verifies the effectiveness of interventions like these, further demonstrating the value of the data and the beneficial potential of research-policy partnerships.
Bicycle collision data can be downloaded from BARI’s data library, online at https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/BARI . The data can also be mapped using BARI’s Boston Research Map, online at http://worldmap.harvard.edu/boston/ . Please contact us at BARI@northeastern.edu if you have any questions or to let us know about work you are doing with this data.