Griffin Bicycle Safety Overview: Infrastructure and Crash Stats

Infrastructure and Crash Stats

Griffin, GA, only has a population of 23,643 residents. This small population means there is little traffic on most roads, which supports safe bicycling almost everywhere in the city.

But bicycle accidents still happen. In fact, Spalding County averages a few bicycle crashes and one or two bicycle deaths every year.

Below, you can learn about bicycle safety in Griffin and the infrastructure the city, county, and state have planned for the area.

Griffin Bicycle Accident Statistics

Georgia provides traffic accident statistics through its Crash Data Portal. This portal allows you to filter accident data by time, type, and location. The statistics cited below come from the Crash Data Portal.

Between 2013 and 2021, Griffin averaged three bicycle crashes per year. However, the number of crashes can vary widely from year to year. In 2016 and 2019, for example, Griffin had six crashes, but in 2015, the city only had a single crash.

Using nine years of data from the Crash Data Portal to get a bigger sample size, a few patterns emerge. Young male drivers are the most likely to hit a bicyclist. 40% of Griffin bike accidents were caused by drivers under 24 years old. Over 62% of the drivers who hit bicycles were male.

Passenger cars were the most likely to hit bicyclists, followed by SUVs and pickup trucks. Griffin had one crash between a motorcycle and a bicycle. It also had one accident in which a semitruck hit a bicycle.

According to the Crash Data Portal, the most dangerous time to ride a bicycle tends to be during the afternoon rush hour. Over 25% of bike accidents in Griffin happened between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Late-night bike rides were also dangerous. Almost 15% of the city’s bike accidents happened between 11 p.m. and midnight. These two times accounted for 11 of the 27 bike accidents in Griffin.

The most dangerous time of the year for bicyclists in Griffin is summer. Over 48% of bicycle crashes in Griffin happen in June, July, or August.

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