Pedestrian Fatality Map

Check out the map of pedestrian fatalities at Smart Growth America. Here’s a screen shot drilled down to Springfield:

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There’s nothing surprising here. Pedestrians tend to take the hits on arterials with high volumes of traffic and higher speeds.

The city has been building and improving sidewalks all over town. That’s a good thing. The problem, as I see it however, is not a matter of sidewalks but a matter of priority. Motorists and their machines are the primary consideration of our traffic designs. Gotta keep ‘em rolling at speed because anything else is just unthinkable. You just won’t hear any solutions that include making motoring more difficult or inconvenient.

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Comments 4

  1. Ian Cooper wrote:

    Andy, there’s a bunch of deep-seated cultural and historical prejudices to overcome here in the US before we see pedestrians or cyclists given anywhere near equal rights to those afforded to motorists in this country. When the common wisdom is the same in Springfield as it is here in Silver Spring: i.e. that pedestrians deserve to be hit if they cross the road, and that cyclists deserve to be hit if they occupy the full lane, we have a long way to go. As for me, I’m having doubts about whether it’s even a struggle worth fighting, at least until the automobile is knocked from its paramountcy by the coming of the post-peak oil world.

    Posted 21 May 2014 at 9:29 am
  2. Andy Cline wrote:

    Ian… Yep. It’s gonna take $8 per gallon gas. And suburban poverty — which is already well on its way even if we do manage to keep gasoline prices low.

    Posted 21 May 2014 at 2:07 pm
  3. Steve A wrote:

    Ya think $8/gallon is the key? More like 5X that amount. I think gas is already near $8 in the UK with little effect on motoring behavior (or, as they’d say, behavior). I know that $8/gallon would have little effect on my familial motorists.

    Posted 23 May 2014 at 9:20 pm
  4. Andy Cline wrote:

    Steve … $8 is a start, and a metaphor ;-)

    Posted 26 May 2014 at 6:54 am