Seattle Bike Crash Map

I’ve put far too much time into this project, but I’ve finally put a bow on it. Some background…

I started bike commuting in May and was fairly shocked that there wasn’t a lot of information (that I could find, at least) about commonalities in bicycle crashes. As a new daily rider I wanted to know where there’s a higher likelihood for an accident, and what the typical characteristics are. I finally came across and cold-called them to see if they’d be willing to share their data. Phil graciously sent along a spreadsheet with tons of records and metadata about the crashes. I also reached out to Cascade Bike Club and SDOT but to no avail – I was especially interested in SDOT after seeing an interactive map on ST showing crash data from 2007-11.

In any case, with the bikewise data I set out to create a stylish infographic that might help others realize that accidents most frequently occur in the most benign conditions – a conclusion I did not foresee reaching. Especially after the tragic death of Sher Kung just 2 months ago, I felt compelled to try my hand at a cartograph/infographic that may help other riders be safe.

The product is 24×36″ so it looks a little wonky in the thumbnail, but check out the full-size version. Hold CTL and use the scroll wheel to incrementally zoom in.



Rhode Island String Map

I saw this idea somewhere on the web, so no credit for originality, but thought I’d give it a shot. Cut up a 2×4 of cedar I had from another project to make the 10.5×12″ ‘canvas.’ After a quick stain, set about with the mapping. The heart is symbolic as this is a gift for my grandparents who lived for several decades on a pond in RI, which is where the heart is located. Otherwise tedious work to pound all those teeny nails, then run thread around. Enjoy!