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Despite San Francisco’s many twists and turns and traffic-laden streets, it is still considered one of America’s most bike-friendly cities. The city has embraced cycling and consistently ranks high in both road safety and neighborhood accessibility. But no matter how far the city goes to ensure safety, bicycle accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities will still happen.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, you deserve a legal team dedicated to you and your claim. The San Francisco bicycle accident attorneys at Allegiance Law will work tirelessly until you receive the best possible outcome.

San Francisco named Most Bike-Friendly City

In a recent study conducted by the financial advising website SmartAsset, San Francisco was named 2021’s Most Bike-Friendly City in America. SmartAsset identified and ranked the 100 largest U.S. cities by comparing seven metrics:

  • Bike Score, calculated by
  • Number of bike commuters
  • Bicyclist fatalities
  • Miles of protected bike lanes
  • The average number of rainy days
  • The average number of days with extreme weather
  • Income after housing costs

San Francisco ranked above average in Bike Score. Almost 4% of commuters are bicyclists, the fifth-highest among the cities. They have 40 miles of protected bike lanes. Income after housing was the second-highest in the study. The temperatures rarely drop below 30 degrees or rise above 80 degrees, making for an ideal cycling climate.

There have only been two bicyclist fatalities in 2021.

Identifying San Francisco’s Bicycle Hot Spots

Five years (2013-2017) of California Highway Patrol (CHP) crash data was analyzed to determine bicyclist hot spots—locations where cyclists were most at risk for crashes and accidents. The city was divided into zones. Ten or more bicycle accidents earned a high-crash zone rating.

From 2013 to 2017, the city saw more than 3,000 collisions involving cyclists with more than 2,700 injuries and 17 fatalities. The analysis identified 24 high-crash zones, accounting for 848 bicycle collisions and 763 injuries.

The top 10 Hot Zones included:

  1. Union Square: 225 crashes and 190 injuries
  2. Hayes Valley – Market Street: 135 crashes and 122 injuries
  3. Tenderloin – Polk St: 82 crashes and 76 injuries
  4. Mission District – Valencia St: 60 crashes and 53 injuries
  5. Haight-Ashbury – Divisadero St: 46 crashes and 45 injuries
  6. Mission District – 14th St: 36 crashes and 34 injuries
  7. SoMa – 8th St: 25 crashes and 20 injuries
  8. SoMa – Market St: 24 crashes and 24 injuries
  9. Fisherman’s Wharf – North Point St: 21 crashes and 20 injuries
  10. Duboce Triangle – Church St and Market St: 18 crashes and 16 injuries

When should I contact a lawyer?

Cycling can be a healthy, affordable, and green mode of transportation. But even in the safest cities, cyclists are still at risk of an accident, and when these accidents occur, cyclists usually see the worst of them.

The San Francisco bicycle accident attorneys at Allegiance Law can help investigate your claim and make sure you secure the compensation and care you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.


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