|A bicyclist on Columbia Pike in Annandale.|
The number of cyclists involved in crashes increased from 85 in 2011 to 106 in 2012. There have been 45 so far this year. There were 201 accidents involving pedestrians in 2012, up from 185 in 2011. There were 98 so far in 2013.
A Fairfax County map of pedestrian-involved accidents from 2003-07 shows areas with the most incidents include Little River Turnpike in central Annandale, the Landmark area, Route 7 and Columbia Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads, and routes 7 and 50 in Seven Corners.
Fatal accidents within the past year involving pedestrians in the Annandale/Mason area include accidents on Columbia Pike last September, Leesburg Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads in April, and an accident involving a young boy in Lincolnia in May. There was a fatal accident involving a bicyclist on Columbia Pike in November 2012.
An 18-month study of reportable bicycle crashes shows that at least a quarter of the bicyclists were not wearing reflective clothing at the time of the crash. Five bicyclists were reported to have been drinking alcohol and about 44 percent were performing an improper action such as riding on the wrong side of the road, failing to maintain proper control, or disregarding a stop or yield sign.
The Police Department is focusing on bicycle and pedestrian safety during the month of July. To learn more about bicycle safety laws, visit the cycling section on the VDOT website.