City Council committee presented with findings from pedestrian crash study

Most pedestrian crashes in Minneapolis are concentrated to a small number of streets, according to a new study presented to the City Council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee today.

The study is part of a larger City effort to increase pedestrian safety. The City Council recently approved a Vision Zero resolution outlining a goal of ending traffic deaths and injuries on Minneapolis streets within 10 years. The council also adopted the Complete Streets Policy in 2016, which prioritizes public right-of-way use for walking followed by biking, transit and motor vehicles.

The City’s Public Works Department commissioned the study by Kimley-Horn to better understand where, how and why pedestrian crashes are occurring in Minneapolis. The study analyzed more than 3,000 pedestrian-motorist crash records over 10 years from 2007-2016.

Key findings from the study include:

  • Eighty percent of all pedestrian crashes occurred on 10 percent of streets;
    pedestrian crash map
    Streets with most pedestrian crashes.
  • Seventy-five percent of all major pedestrian crashes, defined as crashes resulting in fatal and incapacitating injuries, occurred on 5 percent of streets;
  • People of color are over represented in pedestrian fatalities;
  • Streets with fewer lanes have fewer pedestrian crashes;
  • Severe injury pedestrian crashes rise with higher speed limits;
  • Turning vehicle crashes accounted for 47 percent of crashes at intersections;
  • Pedestrian crashes involving left-turning vehicles occurred three times more often than right-turning vehicle crashes; and
  • Drivers were at fault in 62 percent of the crashes with driver inattention and the driver failing to yield the most common contributing factors in pedestrian crashes.

The data in the study will be part of the foundation of the City’s work towards its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic crash fatalities and serious injury crashes on City streets by 2027.