Streets without safe places to walk, cross, catch a bus or ride a bicycle put people at risk. Nearly 5,000 pedestrians and bicyclists died on U.S. roads in 2010, and more than 120,000 were injured. Bicycle and pedestrian crashes should be monitored and analyzed to identify commonalities between crashes and determine how they can be mitigated.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Crashes – interactive map of pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Ferndale from 2004 to 2012Michigan Traffic Crash Facts Website – online tool for gathering and analyzing crash information throughout the state of MichiganNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration – website with information on bicycle and pedestrian crashes and resources on making roadways and communities safer.
Analyze crash rates in your community:
Crash rates should be analyzed on a yearly basis by comparing the number of crashes with the pedestrian and bicycle counts that were conducted in the same year. In general, studies have shown that an increase in the number of bicycles and pedestrians leads to a decrease in crash rates.Frequency, type, severity, time of day, time of year, road conditions and locations should be analyzed to identify commonalities between crashes and determine how they can be mitigated. Studies have found that measures that design the street with pedestrians and bicyclists in mind, such as sidewalks, raised medians, bus stop placement and traffic calming measures improve safety for non-motorized users.