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Welcome to The Crashboard! Here we map out the full Cambridge accident dataset and allow you to explore it in any way you want.
Be sure to check out the Highlights bar at the bottom left for some exploration ideas. Good luck!
Winter storms are a frequent cause of Cambridge accidents. In mid January, 2011, the northeast was hit by a severe snowstorm that dropped up to 18 inches of snow in the Cambridge area. Many parked cars were damaged by fallen trees and limbs. Schools and businesses were closed and most stayed off the roads during the storm, but in the aftermath many took to icy streets and suffered accidents due to the slippery conditions. The worst day for accidents was Tuesday Jan 18th, which followed the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and was likely the day when most returned to work and school after the storm.
A utility power failure on November 30th, 2012 resulted in most of Cambridge being swathed in darkness during the busy evening commute. Street lights and traffic signals were inoperative, and MBTA train service was limited. This resulted in dangerous conditions for drivers and pedestrians trying to find their way home during this very busy time of day. Unpredictable situations like this one are occasionally the cause for accidents in the city.
The Head of the Charles Regatta is a signature event each October with the rowing event bringing more than 400,000 spectators to the banks of the Charles River in Boston and Cambridge. The numerous road closures and high volume of vehicle and foot traffic make accidents more likely to occur during this yearly weekend event.
High traffic volume and poor visibility contribute to this intersection being the most dangerous in Cambridge and ranked as one of the worst in Massachusetts. Located near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, this intersection services a heavy volume of commuter traffic along Mass Ave, as well as the local student population on foot and bicycle. Use extra caution and follow traffic rules if you are travelling through this intersection by bike, as a high number of bicycle accidents tend to occur here due to poor visibility and cyclists ignoring traffic rules.
Inman Square at the intersections of Cambridge St, Hampshire St, and Prospect St, is a location where most of Cambridge's bicycle accidents occur, leading a 2009 study report to rank it as the top location in Massachusetts for bike crashes. Cambridge is home to many bicycle commuters and recreational riders, but areas like Inman Square and others pose specific dangers that locals and visitors should be aware of.
This intersection can be one of the most dangerous for those unfamiliar with the area to do poor signal timing and a confusing configuration. Watch out for MBTA buses making a U-turn from Aberdeen Ave, as they will cross over other lanes in order to make the wide circle necessary to avoid power lines. Driver frustration due to long wait times is known to be a factor in accidents here.
The bar chart shows most dangerous streets and their accident totals (2010-2014).
Clicking on any bar will update the lower display of all of the major intersections along that road and their accident totals. Hover over the bars and circles for more detail.
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