Miami Valley’s Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

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The number of people killed in pedestrian crashes in Ohio hit a 10-year high in 2021, according to data from the Ohio Department of Transportation and reviewed by I-Team broadcasts.

ODOT says it’s part of a growing deadly problem in Buckeye State over the past two years. The I-Team is studying where the most dangerous roads for pedestrians are in the Miami Valley and what ODOT is doing to try to reverse the trend.

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Data from the ODOT shows that there has been a year-on-year increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities in six of the past 10 years. In fact, since 2012, pedestrian fatalities in Ohio have increased by 46%.

118 people were killed in pedestrian crashes in Ohio in 2012. In 2021, 173 people were killed in pedestrian crashes statewide. It was the second straight year that those deaths have increased in Ohio after jumping from 120 in 2019 to 165 in 2020.

The Ohio Department of Transportation tells I-Team there’s no reason why this is happening more often, but more drivers speeding and more Ohios walking and biking in state over the past two years are certainly factors.

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“Over the past two years, we’ve invested just over $10 million in pedestrian-specific improvements,” said Jeremy Thompson, road safety engineer with ODOT’s Road Safety Improvement Program. Thompson told I-Team the funds were part of the ODOT pedestrian safety improvement program. The money did not come from any city budget.

Beginning in 2019, ODOT partnered with the eight largest cities in the state – Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron, Canton, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown – to improve pedestrian safety. These eight cities are where the state sees the most pedestrian accidents. Each of the eight communities got a $10 million cut and then worked with the state to identify high-risk locations where they wanted pedestrian safety improvements around their city. Records obtained by the I-Team show the City of Dayton received $820,000 under the program.

As part of this project, ODOT and the City of Dayton worked together to make pedestrian safety improvements to a total of 45 intersections and mid-block crosswalks throughout the city.

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Improvements include high-visibility crosswalks that have what Thompson described as “piano key markings” that run parallel to car traffic lanes and “easier to see for (drivers) driving by.” ‘are approaching the intersection’.

Other changes include new countdown signals for crosswalks, handicap-accessible curb ramps, and median islands, which Thompson says allow pedestrians to “cross a lane of traffic and not stray into each other.” only worry about one lane of traffic first, then cross the other two lanes and worry about the other direction. It’s a place of refuge if the pedestrian is going a little slower, then he has that time to cross and he can do it in several stages.

Thompson also showed the I-Team some of the new raised sidewalk extensions at the intersection of Second and Ludlow streets in downtown Dayton.

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“(The sidewalk) was pushed in about eight feet, the parking lane is basically wide open beforehand,” Thompson said. “What this does is shorten the crossing distance by eight feet on each side – 16 feet (in total) – which is about five seconds of walking time … it also brings the pedestrian closer to the traffic lane to enter the driver’s device. vision as they approach the intersection.

The changes are ways ODOT says they hope to design roads to make them safer and hopefully save lives.

The I-Team spends hours digging through the state’s online database that tracks every pedestrian accident in Ohio reported by law enforcement. The most recent data available shows pedestrian crashes from 2017 to 2019.

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News Center 7 dug through the numbers to uncover the most dangerous roads for pedestrians in the Miami Valley during that three-year period. Here’s what we found in some of our communities.

Dayton

  • 263 total pedestrian accidents reported between 2017 and 2019.

The highest number of accidents were reported along the following roads:

  • Main Street (33)
  • Gettysburg Avenue (15)
  • Third Street (13)
  • Salem Avenue (12)
  • Smithville Road (11)
  • Avenue Wayne (12)

Springfield

  • 74 total pedestrian accidents reported from 2017 to 2019.

The highest number of accidents were reported:

  • Main Street (8)
  • Limestone street (8)
  • Belmont Avenue (5)
  • Columbia Street (5)

Huber Heights

  • 28 total pedestrian accidents reported from 2017 to 2019.

The highest number of accidents were reported:

  • Trojan Pike (7)
  • Brandt Pike (7)

Miami Township

  • 22 total pedestrian accidents reported from 2017 to 2019.

The highest number of accidents were reported:

  • Springboro Pike (8)
  • Alex Bell Road (4)
  • Kingsridge Drive (4)

Miamisburg

  • 16 total pedestrian accidents reported from 2017 to 2019.

The highest number of accidents were reported:

  • Springboro Pike (3)
  • Main Street (2)
  • Central Avenue (2)
  • Linden Avenue (2)

Kettering

  • 21 total pedestrian accidents reported from 2017 to 2019.

The highest number of accidents were reported:

Trotwood

  • 20 total pedestrian accidents reported between 2017 and 2019.

The highest number of accidents were reported:

  • Shiloh Springs Route (4)
  • Salem Avenue (3)
  • Main Street (3)

Fairborn

  • 18 total pedestrian accidents reported from 2017 to 2019.

The highest number of accidents were reported:

  • Maple Avenue (3)
  • wide street (2)
  • Central Avenue (2)

Xenia

  • -8 total pedestrian accidents reported from 2017 to 2019.

The highest number of accidents were reported:

Beavercreek

  • 17 total pedestrian accidents reported from 2017 to 2019.

The highest number of accidents were reported:

  • Roads on The Greene’s property (one each signposted along Chestnut Street, Greene Boulevard and Walnut Street).
  • Dayton–Xenia Road (2)

Downtown

  • 8 total pedestrian accidents reported from 2017 to 2019.

The highest number of accidents were reported:

You can search the database yourself here on The ODOT website. Simply click on “projects” and then on “pedestrian accidents (2017-19)” under the “layers” tab on the left side of the screen.

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