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Bike Safety Research Project for the QC

that's a lot of red dots
Augustana College - Dr. Chris Strunk
that's a lot of red dots

Bicyclists in the Quad Cities can help make riding safer. Augustana College and Saint Ambrose University will use an online survey in their research into where there are dangerous streets and intersections, and where more bike lanes are needed.

Chris Strunk, Associate Professor of Geography at Augustana, says the results will be turned over to local governments.

"By either recommending places to put new biking infrastructure in, so maybe protected bike lanes, or other types of infrastructure that improve safety or just to alert cities that there are some problems in particular parts of the Quad Cities."

Another goal of the project is to teach students how to use Georgraphic Information Systems - computer mapping software.

"There are a lot of people who are riding bikes in the west end of Rock island but 11th Street is not a particularly safe to be riding. So we saw that there was a pretty high concentration of crashes there. So that might be one spot we would recommend to the city of Rock Island and planners in the Quad Cities that might be a place to focus some of our safety effort."

Community residents are asked to take the survey by July 31st.

Doctor Strunk hopes to have some results, including maps, to announce in the fall.