Inman Square is Worst Bike-Crash Site in Massachusetts

Somerville is home to two of the top-ten worst bicycle-crash sites in the state and one of the worst pedestrian-crash sites. The city was also home to two of the worst 200 car-crash sites in the state.

The worst site for bicycle crashes in the state is the area around Inman Square that straddles Somerville and Cambridge, according to the "2010 Top Crash Locations Report," which was released by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in September.

The third worst bicycle-crash site in Massachusetts was the area around Porter Square, mostly in Cambridge, but partly in Somerville.

What's more, Davis Square, in Somerville, was the fifth worst site for pedestrian crashes in the state, the report says.

The 2010 Top Crash Locations Report looked at crash data from 2002 to 2010 to determine the worst areas for bike and pedestrian crashes. 

Bike crashes

When it comes to bike crashes, the Inman Square area, including Beacon Street and part of Washington Street in Somerville, was the worst area in Massachusetts. According to the report, there were 154 bike crashes in the area between 2002 and 2010. There were no fatalities, but 99 of the crashes resulted in injuries.

Cambridge dominated the top-ten list: Eight of the top ten bicycle-crash sites were in Cambridge, at least in part.

In addition to Inman and Porter squares:

  • Central Square was number 2 on the list
  • The area between Central and Harvard squares was number 4 on the list
  • Harvard Square was number 5 on the list
  • Massachusetts Avenue on the Arlington border was number 6 on the list
  • The intersection of Broadway and Cambridge Street (near Harvard's campus) was number 8 on the list
  • Massachusetts Avenue near MIT and the Charles River was number 10 on the list

Basically, most of Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge was included on the list.

Pedestrian crashes

When it comes to pedestrian crashes, Davis Square saw 52 pedestrian crashes between 2002 and 2010. Of those, 1 was fatal and 43 caused injuries. It was the fifth worst area for pedestrian crashes in the state.

Car crashes

Somerville was also home to two of the top 200 car-crash sites in the state. The report looked at data from 2008 to 2010 to compile that list.

Coming in at number 23 on the list, the intersection of Mystic Avenue and McGrath Highway saw 63 crashes, 1 fatality and 24 injuries.

The intersection of Somerville Avenue and Bow Street, coming in at number 165 on the list, saw 42 crashes and 15 injuries.

Cynthia Conrod Finney October 11, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Makes sense as there are more bicyclists in Somerville and Cambridge!
Jonah Petri October 11, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Yeah, isn't this a bit like saying "superhighways have many more crashes than rural backroads"?
Elaine October 12, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I bike along Beacon St and through Inman Square to and from work. A major factor in accidents is the poor condition of the road surface. While trying to avoid cars and pedestrians, I also have to watch for potholes, cracks and poorly made repairs that leave the surface treacherous for bikes. Other than the need for resurfacing, Beacon is great for biking - it is wide with fewer intersections than adjacent roads.
mark October 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
This article is silly journalism. Why not publicize the lowest crash location-- probably the Mass Pike-- because there are no bikes on it. The best metric of risk would be crash rate-- of the number of cyclists biking, how many are involved in accidents? In this case if two people were crazy enough to bike on the Mass pike (say in a travel lane) and one is killed, the rate would be 50%-- probably a much higher rate than Inman squaer
RQ October 16, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Ditto, and hooray for Cambridge and Somerville for being the homes of so many bicyclists. And may we all be careful. A request: fellow bicyclists- please do not pass other bicyclists on the right- very dangerous. Announce you are passing and pass on the left. Thanks. Also, yes, in spite of many many people commenting on that community comment site about the dangerous condition of Beacon St btwn Inman and Porter- still it remains a mess. How decisions about what roads to pave are made is so mysterious. . . thanks
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