PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release
January 6, 2010

Contact: Ryan Lynch
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
(860) 796-6988

New Report Identifies Connecticut’s Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians

Arterial routes top the list, pointing to need for redesigning roads with pedestrians in mind

Connecticut’s most dangerous roads for pedestrians are the Boston Post Road (Route 1) and US-5, according to a new analysis by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a policy watchdog organization.  

Between 2006 and 2008, 8 pedestrians were killed on Route 1 and 6 on US-5, with most of the fatalities occurring where the highways pass through relatively busy urban areas such as Stamford and Hartford.

“In Connecticut, the most dangerous roads are major thoroughfares dotted with retail destinations but designed almost exclusively for fast-moving car traffic,” said Michelle Ernst, staff analyst with the Campaign.  “Roads like the Boston Post Road and US-5 are perfect examples of that type of road.”

The group hopes that this new analysis will help state and local leaders determine where improvements are most needed.

“We hope that our analysis will serve as a resource to transportation planners, elected officials and community advocates.” said Ryan Lynch, Senior Planner and Connecticut Coordinator for the Campaign. “We must do more to reduce these tragic deaths.”

The group applauded efforts that are already underway to improve safety in Connecticut.  The state recently passed a “Complete Streets” law requiring that new construction seek to accommodate the needs of all road users – pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists.

“While we have made some progress, these numbers clearly show that we aren’t out of the woods yet. With more people looking for transportation choices, we have to step up efforts to design more balanced, walkable streets,” said Kate Slevin, the Campaign’s executive director.

Ernst used recently released data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) to determine which routes had the highest number of pedestrian fatalities over the three-year period from 2006 to 2008. The analysis excludes Interstates and other roads where pedestrians are prohibited. Data was not available for pedestrian injuries, many of which occur in urban areas like New Haven.

A statewide Connecticut fact sheet and an interactive Google Map showing the most dangerous routes for walking are also available.  The map shows the locations of each pedestrian fatality, with descriptive details for each victim killed.

The full report, as well as the state fact sheet and Google Map, can be found at www.tstc.org/danger.html.

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The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working toward a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.