According to the December, 2012 Tri-State Transportation Campaign, there were more bicycle crashes in Bergen County in the ten-year period from 2001-2011 than in 12 other Northern New Jersey Counties. Courtesy of nj.com, the 13 counties involved in the analysis included the following:
Over the ten years there were 2,974 bicycle crashes in Bergen County. Five of those crashes involved loss of life. Crash reports statewide were used in the Tri-State analysis. The analysis further noted that the most dangerous highway for bicyclists in Bergen County was Route 505. Between 2009 and 2011 40 bicycle crashes occurred on that road.
County Route 505 has several names. It starts as River Road in Bergen County and travels from south to north becoming Knickerbocker Road and Livingston Avenue before it reaches the border with New York.
With 36 bicycle crashes reported in the same-ten year period, County Route 507 is the second most dangerous. Its name is River Drive in the southern part of Bergen County and Franklin Turnpike in the north.
The New Jersey advocate for Tri-State, Janna Chernetz, issued a statement accompanying the analysis, encouraging more New Jersey communities to adopt Complete Streets policies. These mandate the accommodation of all who use our roads including bicyclists and pedestrians. Only a few New Jersey communities have adopted such policies.
The Princeton, NJ bicycle accident attorneys at the law firm of Lependorf & Silverstein understand the importance of making New Jersey highways safe for all users including bicyclists. We also know the devastation caused after being seriously injured in a bicycle crash caused by someone else’s negligence. Call us at (609) 240-0040 or go on line and complete our online contact form. We offer a free consultation regarding your case.