Risk Factors for Bicycle Crashes in LA County | Timothy Douglas

timothyA group of researchers at UCLA and UC Berkeley embarked on a project to better understand the factors that influence bicycle crash risk at intersections and along segments in LA County. Using count data, researchers studied 1,139 intersections and segments using a variety of variables, including demographic and physical information. Both the raw number of crashes and crash rates (based on bicycle volumes) were analysed. The analysis studied intersections and street segments separately. The graphics that I have produced highlight the patterns that emerge with regards to bicycle safety in LA County, and the highly spatialized nature of bicycle riding.

Timothy Douglas is a 2nd year Master’s student in Urban and Regional Planning. Originally from Ottawa, Canada. Timothy completed his BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia. Prior to coming to UCLA, Timothy interned with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development as well as SubArt, a non-profit funded by the transportation and public space advocacy organization SPUR, whose mission is to expand public art throughout the transit systems of the Bay Area. While at UCLA, he has had the pleasure to work on research projects with Urban Planning faculty and staff at the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies. Currently he is interning at Fehr & Peers, where he assists full-time staff with projects for clients such as Metro and the City of LA to improve communities through transportation planning.

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