John Greenfield from the good folks at Streetsblog Chicago posted yesterday on the 2016 increased rate of pedestrian fatalities in the Windy City. His report included the following table:
Let’s compare the figures above for Chicago with New Mexico, first month-to-month in 2016 from the Traffic Research Unit (TRU) for October:
And now year-to-year compiled from TRU reports:
NM Pedestrian Fatalities
First Ten Months of 2016: 66
So why are Chicago pedestrian fatalities topping out in the 40s in recent years, while New Mexico is on pace for at least upwards of 80 this year? With another two pedestrian deaths in Albuquerque last night alone, better analysis, and public policy, regarding this phenomenon seems more essential than ever.