Ten local intersections were identified as dangerous pedestrian crossings in both the city and suburbs, including intersections in La Grange, Burbank, Maywood, Forest Park/Oak Park, Harvey, Westchester and Cicero in a recent study by advocacy group Active Transportation Alliance, which promotes walking, biking and public transportation.
The group analyzed crash data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, surveyed about 800 local Chicago-area residents, and eventually identified the region’s most dangerous intersections for pedestrians. The group created a Safe Crossings Fact Sheet.
A few key findings in the report include: In 2013, there were 29 pedestrian fatalities in Chicago and there have been 21 so far in 2014; 78% of all pedestrian crashes in Chicago occur within 125 feet of an intersection; and between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. was the high crash time period with 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. as the second highest.
Dangerous intersections include: S. Cicero Ave. and W. Cermak Rd. in Cicero; Mannheim Rd. and Cermak Rd. in Westchester; N. La Grange Rd. and W. Odgen Ave. in La Grange; 1st Ave. and Madison St. in Maywood; N. Harlem Ave. and Madison St. in Forest Park/Oak Park; Harlem Ave. and 79th St. in Burbank; and E. 147th St. and Halsted St. in Harvey.
While it is sometimes impossible to protect pedestrians from reckless drivers, it is helpful for pedestrians to be aware of particularly dangerous intersections they may use frequently on their way to work or school. Many of these and other dangerous intersections not included in the report are located near schools, shopping centers and senior living homes, where pedestrian traffic is high.
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