Bicycle Accidents in St. Louis, MO
Bike trips account for less than 1% of all trips in the United States, yet bicyclists are at a greater risk of injury than drivers of motor vehicles, according to the CDC.
Bicycle accidents, especially collisions with vehicles, are common in metropolitan St. Louis and the surrounding areas. The highest concentration of St. Louis bicycle accidents occurs in the downtown area, although a large frequency also occurs near Saint Louis University’s campus and Forest Park.
The high occurrence of bicycle accidents in these areas is likely due to 2 things.
- In the downtown area, roadways are often busy with traffic and there is little room for bicyclists to safely ride on the streets and/or sidewalks.
- Around the areas of SLU and Forest Park, the sheer number bike riders is higher – a college campus and park offer ample opportunity for bike riding and subsequently more opportunity for bike accidents to occur.
Unlike other major cities, St. Louis does not offer an abundance of bicycle lanes, which can be incredibly dangerous for bicyclists. Due to the lack of bike lanes, St. Louis bicyclists are forced to share the road with automobiles, thus causing more collisions with vehicles.