Saturday, January 16, 2016

Map of NoVa Ped/Bike Crashes 2012-2015

Yesterday Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) released an interactive map of pedestrian and bike crashes from 2012 through November 2015.

Clusters of bike crashes occurred along major roads such as Routes 1, 7, 50, 123 (especially in Vienna), 236, and 237. Several crashes occurred in the Merrifield area, including two pedestrian fatalities, highlighting the importance of providing good bike and ped facilities in a rapidly growing area round the Dunn Loring Metro station.

Only one bicycle fatality is shown, on Columbia Pike, where Elizabeth Shattuck was killed. Not shown was the location where Andrew Gooden was killed on Sunrise Valley Drive in Herndon which occurred on August 31, 2015.

The data were also used to create a heat map.

From the news release:
NVRC Releases Regional Map of Bike/Pedestrian Injuries & Fatalities

The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) has released an online map indicating the location of bike and pedestrian injuries, fatalities and property damage throughout the region for calendar years 2012 through mid-November 2015. In total there were 3238 incidents that either led to an injury, property damage or fatality. Specifically, there were 3116 injuries, 95 fatalities and 27 instances of property damage. The data for the maps was provided by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

“The purpose of this map is to not only demonstrate to our residents hot spots in the region where these accidents occurred, but to make everyone aware we all share in the responsibility for pedestrian and bike safety” said Debbie Spiliotopoulos, NVRC Senior Environmental Planner. “We urge our residents to visit our web site which provides common sense advice on the rules of the road to ensure safety.”

View the map with each incident plotted. View a heat map of the region plotting these incidents.

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This map does not record the pedestrian fatality in Reston on Wiehle Avenue across from the Chestnut Grove Condos that occurred in October 2015 either. It makes me wonder how complete it really is.

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