How data could help prevent cycling deaths in Los Angeles

To say Los Angeles’s Vermont Avenue is bad news for bicyclists would be putting it mildly. Over the past five years, cyclists have been involved in 230 collisions with cars along this roadway — more than on any other street in the city.More than 30 of these accidents occurred in just three intersections: West 4th Street, Olympic Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard. A heatmap of bike accidents last year shows Vermont covered with collisions between Beverly and Exposition boulevards. So, what exactly is going on here?(DataScience)Saving lives with dataTypically, we think of accidents as random, unforeseeable tragedies. But in reality, we can often predict, analyze and address the root causes of these collisions — if we have the right data. That’s the approach Sweden has taken starting in 1997, when the…

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