California Highway Patrol bicycle incidents

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Monday, February 01, 2010
By Yokota Fritz

The California Highway Patrol posts traffic incident dispatches to the web. A while ago I wrote a script to filter out incidents involving bikes or bicycles, and I finally modified this script to save each bike incident to a web page.

You'll see a few false positives involving motorcycles, and most of the 'bike incidents' seem to be either "1125 - Traffic Hazard" or "Pedestrian in Roadway" when a motorist reports a cyclist somewhere. Still, there are a fair number of "TC" (Traffic Collision) and "Ambulance Responding" incidents.

You can view the list of bike incidents here. If you want to follow this in (near) real time, each new incident is tweeted to @CHPBIKE on Twitter.

If you have suggestions on ways to improve this, I'm all ears. Already on my TODO list:
It's important to note that this only captures incidents reported to the California Highway Patrol. Incidents handled by the local police, such as this morning's cycling fatality in Los Gatos, will not generally be visible here.

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I heard about the fatality in Los Gatos this morning. What a horrible way to go, an SUV drifted onto the sidewalk (wonder if he was texting, talking or otherwise distracted?) and annihilated the biker.
"1125 - Traffic Hazard"

That's hilarious. I had no idea.
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