Reporting on pedestrian life in the D.C. area

The crosswalk is the most dangerous place for D.C. pedestrians

May 31, 2012 - 09:28 AM
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(Photo: Heather Farrell)

Where is the most dangerous place for pedestrians? The answer is a sad one — it's the crosswalk, the spot in our city specifically sanctioned for those on foot. The D.C. Council met with the city police department among many others yesterday afternoon to discuss bicycle and pedestrian safety, and amid the exchanges, the police confirmed that the crosswalk is where the greatest pedestrian risks fall in the District. Traffic fatalities have fallen in 2012 but they of course remain a concern. The danger of the crosswalk is not truly surprising given it's the spot where all our transportation players, from walkers to drivers to bicyclists to buses, intersect but it's still troubling.

"We have a problem with crosswalks and pedestrian safety," Councilmember Phil Mendelson remarked from the dais yesterday afternoon.

The District Department of Transportation outlined the city's 24 most dangerous intersections for pedestrians earlier this year.

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