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Louisiana Ranks Twice in Top 10 Dangerous U.S. Places for Bikers

07:00 June 04, 2024
By: Eliana Sarfati-Magill

Unsafe LA Roads

Two parishes in Louisiana rank in the top 10 most dangerous for bikers on American roadways. Out of 200 of the most populous counties in the country, both East Baton Rouge and Orleans Parishes make the list, ranking 4th and 6th, respectively.

To many Louisiana locals, this superlative will come as no surprise. However, having the data laid out should serve as a call to action. Orleans Parish has 4.95 cyclist deaths per 100,000 people. The data from this study was collected from 2017-2021 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This research was done by Bader Scott, a personal injury law firm in Georgia.

In terms of its size and relatively flat landscape, New Orleans is a wonderfully bikeable city. However, the lack of safety discourages many potential cyclists from making biking part of their regular commute. Aside from a few months of inferno in the summer, NOLA could be a perfect cyclist city if it were safer to bike. In order for this to become a reality, drivers will have to be more cautious and the city needs better biking infrastructure. This calls for safer dedicated bike lanes like the Lafitte Greenway, yield to biker signs, and more.

Cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers alike should be aware and safe on the roads. Next time you're driving, watch out and slow down for bikers, it makes a difference. Wear a helmet and be safe, everyone!

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