We launched the Safe Crossings campaign in fall 2014 to raise awareness of pedestrian safety issues at some of the most dangerous intersections in the Chicago region and work with community partners to advocate for more dedicated funding to improve these crossings and others throughout Chicagoland.
In October, Active Trans released lists of 10 of the most dangerous intersections in the City of Chicago and 10 of the most dangerous intersections in suburban Cook County, based upon analysis of crash data, staff feedback and more than 800 suggestions from community members.
Our streets are some of Chicago’s greatest assets and improving intersection design and enforcement is one of the best ways to make our streets safer and our communities more livable. These lists represent just a small portion of the many dangerous places to cross in Chicagoland.
- 78 percent of all pedestrian crashes in Chicago occur within 125 feet of an intersection, according to the city.
- There were more than 4,700 reported pedestrian crashes with 130 fatalities in Illinois in 2012, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
- 84 percent of the crashes and 69 percent of pedestrian fatalities in Illinois occurred in metro Chicago.
- In 2013, there were 29 pedestrian fatalities in Chicago alone.
- Advocate for change at diverse group of highly visible intersections/crossings to raise awareness of pedestrian safety issues regionally.
- Secure commitment from controlling government body to officially commit to a plan to improve selected intersection.
- Work with the City of Chicago and suburban municipalities to establish dedicated annual funding sources for maintenance of pedestrian facilities.
Sign our Safe Crossings petition to Chicagoland transportation officials and political leaders
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Safe Crossings Crash Data