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L.A. Drivers Kill Pedestrians, Cyclists at High Rate

Study by University of Michigan finds pedestrians account for about one-third of all traffic fatalities in Los Angeles.

Drivers in Los Angeles kill pedestrians and bicyclists at a significantly higher rate than nationally, according to a study reported by a Southland newspaper today.

The study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that pedestrians accounted for about a third of all traffic fatalities in Los Angeles, or nearly triple the national average of 11.4 per cent, the Los Angeles Times reported in an article on its website. About 3 percent of the fatalities were bicyclists, compared with 1.7 percent nationally.

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The numbers are even worse in urban New York, where 49.6 percent of traffic fatalities were pedestrians and 6.1 percent were bicyclists, according to the study.

The study, which compared crash rates in Los Angeles, New York and nationwide, examined data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, California Highway Patrol and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, according to the Times. The database included 449,498 crashes
within L.A. city limits, with 2,086 involving at least one death during an eight-year period from 2002 through 2009.

The University of Michigan researchers found that women who lived in Los Angeles were less likely to be in an accident than men, the Times reported, and men accounted for a higher proportion of fatalities than the national average—62.3 percent compared with 57.6 percent.

The study also found that there are more fatal crashes at intersections in Los Angeles (36 percent versus 22 percent in the U.S.), and more fatal crashes at speeds of 35 mph or less (66.5 percent in L.A. versus 21.8 percent in the nation as a whole).

Glenn E Grab October 04, 2012 at 09:53 PM
corner, idiots are idiots, even if they're on bikes...
Gary Kavanagh October 04, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Venice Blvd. should really have a cycle track or separated bike lane that uses curbs or bollards. The greater the speed differential the greater the need for more separation, or measure that reduce speeds. If someone wants to carry their kids by bike they should be able to, and we should be supporting that and doing what it takes to make it safer and more comfortable, not chastising them with name calling.
Glenn E Grab October 04, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Gary, I'm talking about the way things are now, not in the distant future...legal or not legal, it's dangerous and irresponsible to ride in the street, bike lane or no bike lane, while towing children...I tow my grandaughter, but not in the street, and I only do it with another person on a bike following closely behind us...until we get to the beach or street like culver, which has a bike lane in the median...
Gary Kavanagh October 04, 2012 at 10:58 PM
It's doubtful we're going to get a future of inviting and liveable streets if everyone adopts a defeatist attitude of victim blaming and capitulation. Parents have a lot of influence in our society, and if they take to streets with their kids in greater force, the politics will move, and what may seem a distant future now could be a much sooner one. We're spending a billion dollars right now to add 10 miles of carpool 1 lane in 1 direction on the 405. These are sums of money that if allocated to bike facilities could make LA a world class cycling city in short order, and all across the city, not just 1 corridor.
Glenn E Grab October 05, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Gary, you're right about the 405 fwy....a huge waste of money that will only make traffic worse...

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