Map: The most dangerous places to ride bikes in Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology plotted out the most dangerous streets in Austin for cyclists. They took all the bicycle crashes in the city from 2009 to 2014 and came up with this map.

The crash data came from the Texas Department of Transportation.

Guadalupe Street ranked as the most dangerous, with 84 crashes have been reported along the road. South Congress Avenue was second with 72 crashes, and the feeder roads along Interstate 35 come in third, with 59 crashes.

Two weeks ago, the city announced they were working on a new bicycle master plan. The planning group has been gathering ideas from the public to thread together urban and on-street biking.

The goal is a path for you to leave your house, bike down your street, and connect to a trail that gets you into the city safely. The group plans to present their ideas to City Council in May.

The city is putting a big priority on increasing bicycle lanes and routes, with $5 million already devoted to bicycle and pedestrian improvements along MoPac.

A new pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Barton Creek Greenbelt is included in those plans. The path will parallel to MoPac and connect people to the frontage roads.

The entire Mopac Improvement Project is expected to be finished in late 2015. Right now, 22 percent of the needed construction is complete.

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