What’s the biggest difference between Echo Park and Westwood bike riders?

Apparently Westwood riders are more likely to wear helmets, according to the first-ever L.A. County Bike Count. Conducted last September at 50 intersections during different times of the day and week, the survey found that two Westwood area intersections – Sepulveda & Ohio and Westholme & Wilshire – ranked the highest for helmet use, with more than 80% of riders wearing helmets at certain times of the day, according to the report commissioned by the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition. In contrast, one Echo Park intersection – Glendale & Park – came in with the second lowest percentage of helmet-wearing bike riders: 12% on a weekend (only Alvarado & 7th Street, at 6%, was lower). There were more safety-conscious riders at Echo Park & Sunset but they were not in the majority: 22% of weekend riders and 46% of weekday morning cyclists were seen wearing helmets.

Other findings:

* Sunset & Hyperion in Silver Lake was ranked No. 7 for the total number of cyclists counted (380) during the survey period.
* 60% of bike riders at York & Avenue 50 in Highland Park were observed riding on the sidewalk during the afternoon
*Only 15% of all riders citywide were women.

Photo by Ubrayj02/flickr

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