Linus Bike Applauds Creation of Interactive Online Map That Helps Cyclists Ride Safely

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A new online project in New Zealand allows users to use Google Maps to search for past instances of cyclists being injured by car doors opening and view the results graphically. Linus Bike responds to the effort.

On February 13, 2013, Linus Bike comments on the creation of an interactive, searchable map of New Zealand that shows areas where cyclists have been injured by car doors opening, saying that the tool can potentially help city bike enthusiasts stay informed and operate with greater confidence and safety.

An article in Medical Xpress discusses the new project by “injury prevention researchers” at New Zealand’s University of Otago which hopes to generate data to help city planners and cyclists reduce the number of bicycle injuries throughout the country.

The new online tool is free, fully searchable and available to the public. Researchers used Google Maps as their foundation, overlaying data from New Zealand Traffic Crash Reports from 2007-11. “The map shows the approximate location of 245 cycle dooring injuries over this period and indicates their seriousness and the direction the cyclist was traveling,” states the article.

“The researchers hope that the [tool] will help city planners and traffic engineers identify streets and connected routes that have high numbers of injuries resulting from ‘dooring’ type collisions.” The tool should also benefit avid urban and commuter cyclists looking to inform themselves about common accident black spots along their routes, or plan unusual trips.

“By highlighting particular problem areas we can look at what kind of solutions can make these streets safe and convenient for all road users. While this may involve compromises, we need to pay special attention to the vulnerability of cyclists who wish to ride in safer environments,” reports the article.

Linus Bike representative China Reevers responds to the cyclist dooring map, commending the researchers for helping planners to create safer roads for cyclists. “This is the first effort of this kind that maps out an entire country,” says Reevers, “and it should prove invaluable for riders and engineers alike. We’d love to see more efforts like this for local areas around the U.S. – city planners are increasingly concerned with cyclist safety and with developing the infrastructure for shared roads, but they need good raw data to work with.”

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for those who have a fondness for European style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.

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