Central Coast leads state in bicycle deaths
Central Coast bikers beware: more cyclists are killed in Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties than anywhere else in California.
In 2014, five bicyclists died in San Luis Obispo County crashes, the CHP reported. That placed SLO County as the statewide leader in bicycle fatalities per capita.
“Santa Cruz County reported the most bicycle accidents per capita for each of the past three years. The population of Santa Cruz County is about the same as that of SLO County. Last year, Santa Cruz County reported 203 collisions. That was 81 more than SLO County.
“Santa Barbara County trailed Santa Cruz County with 5.7 bicycle collisions per 10,000 residents in 2014. In 2014, the CHP received reports of 122 bicycle accidents in San Luis Obispo County. That equates to 4.5 bicycle crashes per 10,000 residents.
“Third and fourth place went to Marin County and Yolo County,” the Mercury News reported.
There wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for those meddling kids, the paper reports.
“As with San Luis Obispo County, Yolo, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara counties each have universities that bring in more cyclists and increase bike traffic.”
But good news for bikers in the big city. San Francisco previously ranked among the leaders in bicycle crashes per capita, but the total collisions reported in the county dropped from 699 in 2012 to 185 in 2014.