Pedestrian and bicycle collisions with vehicles are on the rise in Rapid City.
A report presented Tuesday to the Public Works Committee revealed the number of bicycle and vehicle accidents have doubled since 2012. And there were 26 pedestrian crashes in 2013, and 18 the year before.
Kip Harrington, of the Rapid City Public Works Department, says despite this data bicyclists need to be on the streets; it's more dangerous when they ride on the sidewalk. "One of the things that is recommended in the Bicycle Pedestrian Plan is more on street bicycle facilities because the side walk is not really there for bicycles," said Harrington. "You're actually safer out in traffic than are dealing with the pedestrians and things like that."
The report recommends that more safety information be provided to bicyclists and drivers.