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Jeanie Ward-Waller, policy director for the California Bicycle Coalition, demonstrates some of the current bicycling issues facing the state, including Assembly Bill 1103, which would allow bicyclists to yield at a stop sign if there is no cross-t

Every workday, more than 4,000 Sacramento residents ride their bikes to the office. Hundreds more ride their bikes to the library, store or park, making this one of the nation’s great cycling cities.

That many bikes on the road, however, creates tension between bikes and cars.

During the last 15 years, about 3,200 cyclists were injured following collisions with cars on Sacramento streets, according to a Bee review of California Highway Patrol data. Another 38 cyclists were killed.

Bike wrecks resulting in injury happened most often between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., the busiest time of day for commuters.

The worst intersections for these accidents were Fruitridge Road and Stockton Boulevard, where 26 people were injured during bike wrecks in the last 15 years; North B and 12th streets near the Loaves & Fishes homeless service provider, where 19 were injured; and near West El Camino and Truxel, where 16 were injured.

The neighborhoods with the most bike accidents resulting in injury were midtown, East Sacramento, Valley Hi and downtown.

Map of accidents ● Accidents by day and time ● Accidents by neighborhood ● Worst intersections ● 
 
 
 
 
Notes: Data covers jurisdiction of Sacramento Police Department only. About 7 percent of bike accidents could not be mapped due to the way they were logged. Most accidents take place at intersections. Those not at intersections are pegged to the crossing nearest to where accident took place.
Source: California Highway Patrol via Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System

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