Route 1 called most dangerous for pedestrians - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Route 1 called most dangerous for pedestrians


A new report from Tri-State Transportation Campaign found that 100 pedestrians were killed on roads between 2009 and 2011 in the state, and now a new study shows where pedestrians are in the most danger.

The reports showed most of the deaths were located in New Haven County (26 in that time period), Hartford County (25 deaths) and Fairfield County (23 deaths).

Those numbers showed a decrease in deaths from the campaign's 2012 report, which said 121 pedestrians were hit and killed.

During the most recent period, six pedestrians were killed on Route 1 (Boston Post Road), making the road the most dangerous for pedestrians in the state.

After Route 1, Route 66 and  Route 44 each had three deaths.

"Route 1 has been Connecticut's most deadly road for pedestrians since the Campaign's first Most Dangerous Roads for Walking report in 2008," said senior planner with the campaign, Steven Higashide.

The report showed that roads with two or more lanes in each direction are designed for vehicles to travel of at least 40 mph, and proved to be most deadly.

"Arterials were traditionally designed to move vehicles from one destination to the next without regard for other road users like pedestrians and bicyclists. We continue to see that designing roads like this results in needless loss of life," said report author and staff analyst with the campaign, Renata Silberblatt.

To check out the complete report, click here.

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