None of the crashes in 2011 involved the death of a bicyclist. Two incidents were hit and runs where the driver fled after striking a bicyclist. In nearly 59 percent of the crashes, the bicyclist was found to be at fault.
Countywide, there were 46 reportable bike crashes this year, a significant increase over the 32 crashes in the first half of 2010. Last year there were four crashes in the county resulting in the death of a bicyclist.
The police report doesn’t speculate on the reason for the increase, but we can come up with some possibilities: Biking seems to be getting more popular; traffic is generally much worse all over the area; and drivers seem to be distracted by texting and other smart phone functions.
Here are some crashes that occurred in 2011 in the Mason District/Annandale area:
- March 4 – Guinea Road near Little River Turnpike - bicyclist at fault but not charged.
- April 4 - Intersection of Annandale Road and Barrett Road – driver charged with reckless driving.
- April 7 – Little River Turnpike/Old Columbia Pike – bicyclist at fault but not charged.
- April 10 – Arlington Boulevard/Graham Road – bicyclist charged with reckless driving.
- May 15 – Columbia Pike/Leesburg Pike – fault unknown.
- May 26 – Queen Elizabeth Boulevard/Woodland Way – bicyclist at fault but not charged.
- June 17 – Gorham Street/Leesburg Pike – driver charged with failing to pay attention.