#### Top 25 Most Dangerous Intersections in Colorado Springs

*Dan Martin*Also, notice how horizontal that curve gets to the right.

Certainly for the bottom ranked 16 intersections, your chances of collision are pretty much the same at any of them. Since the total number of crashes throughout the city is so much higher than for these 25, nearly eight times higher, you can probably generalize that conclusion. Therefore, avoiding that top ranked nine intersections is about the best you can reasonably do, other than staying of the roads completely.

So, if you can't avoid intersections, what can you do? You might ride only on Sundays, but the following chart shows that tactic doesn't buy much safety margin. Avoiding Fridays helps, but not much.

More significantly, though I didn't chart it, the data shows the most frequent time of day for accidents to occur is from 12 noon to 6 p.m., and that looks to be by at least a 2:1 margin. So, ride early if you can.

If it seems to you that accidents seem to be increasing, you are right. The next chart shows that the number of crashes has increased these last few years.

So if crashes are increasing, just how dangerous are these crashes? The next two charts show that almost half of the fatal crashes are drug and alcohol related and that about half of the fatalities are pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. Not good!

The back-story on that last chart is interesting. In 2009, seven of 11 fatalities were motorcyclists, and of the remaining four, only one was a bicyclist. The situation was very similar in 2011 and 2013, but opposite in 2012 where 13 of the 19 fatalities were pedestrians and all of the other six were motorcyclists. Of course, there are many more pedestrians and motorcyclists than bicyclists on the streets of our city.

Enjoy cycling, but keep your head on a swivel.