Bicycle crashes in Santa Fe are overwhelmingly concentrated in the city’s central “triangle,” where its busiest roadways intersect, according to a new Santa Fe Police Department analysis.

Other findings in the police study: Cyclists involved in a crash are much more likely to be male, most accidents occur on weekdays between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and the most common factor is a driver or cyclist failing to yield.

Covering a three-year period from March 2015 through February of this year, the study found bicycle crashes rose 67 percent between 2016 and 2017, then dropped 16 percent from 2017 into 2018. There were 110 crashes identified over this time frame, all but two of which involved a collision with a vehicle. There were 27 crashes reported in the 12-month period that ended February 2016, 45 through February 2017 and 38 through February 2018.


Tripp Stelnicki covers City Hall and Santa Fe County for The New Mexican.

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