Evolution bike accidents in Madrid.

A research shows where accidents occur by georeferencing and investigate the cases monthly, by time zone, gender and age group.

Bicycle mobility in the city of Madrid (biciMad) has increased over the last decade thanks to the large network of cycle lanes, bicycle stations and the commitment to sustainable mobility in the capital of Spain due to the problems of traffic jams, parking and pollution.

The city of Madrid is setting records in the use of bicycles and by 2020 it will own 50 new stations, but they should improve the safety of cyclists.

Mobility by bicycle is already a reality in major European cities and many cities are already working to improve the safety of cyclists.

Madrid has increased from 339 cycling accidents in 2010 to 891 accidents in 2019, due to the fact that people use bicycles as a means of transport.

A detailed analysis of the seasonality of accidents, which, due to the good weather conditions, usually take place in spring and September. When are there fewer accidents? A simple question, in the winter months and August where the capital has the least mobility.

Cycling Friendly offers more information via the mobility portal of the Municipality of Madrid. In general, men are the group most affected by cycling accidents, and this is a variation that is decreasing to the detriment of female cyclists, who have been cycling more and more in recent years.

Logically and as a general rule, accidents also belong to a certain age group and that is usually the age group between 25 and 34 years old, the generation that uses the bicycle the most. And, the millennials, a group that is highly prepared and aware of environmental issues and who should promote the use of bicycles in their city.

But how do I really know where these accidents are happening in the capital? Thanks to data collection and cartography, we track down the different black spots in the capital, with the most vehicle mobility, when we talk about streets and important points in the city, such as La Gran Vía, Paseo de Santa María de la Cabeza very close to the Atocha station, Paseo de las Acacias, Paseo de las Delicias. But if we look deeper, thanks to the research, we observe that these accidents occur very close to the metro entrances of the city.

And when such accidents? Peak hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., hours with major bicycle mobility.

In conclusion, accidents occur on shared roads where the speed is not limited to 30 kilometers per hour, such as the Paseo de las Delicias.

It is really urgent to increase the network of restricted streets 30 for the safety of the cyclist, for the coexistence of motorized and non-motorized vehicles as it is a real nightmare on roundabouts, like the one in Cibeles, for cyclists who want to get to their workplace in a safe way.

We start a new stadium to stage two, improving cyclist safety to increase bicycle use and where the segregation of these roads is the one that registers the fewest accidents.


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