Crashes involving bicycles in Bakersfield rose again in 2023, data show

Bakersfield's rate of bicycle crashes increased for a second consecutive year in 2023, exceeding 2021's mark by almost a third, according to figures presented Wednesday by local law firm Chain | Cohn | Clark.

There were 70 such accidents in the city last year, six more than in 2022 and 16 more than in 2021, based on data from Transportation Injury Mapping System, SafeTREC, SWITRS.

About 30 of last year's bike crashes were broadsides, the law firm noted. It also reported that the number of crashes across the city peaked at almost 90 in 2016.

"May is National Bike Month, a relevant time to look at bike safety in Bakersfield Kern County, where we have some of the highest rates of accidents involving bicycles in the country," Chain | Cohn | Clark said in a news release about the local incidence of crashes.