There have been more than 3,000 crashes involving pedestrians in Minneapolis over the past 10 years, and a new report has picked out the danger zones where a lot of them occur.
The City of Minneapolis has released its 2017 Pedestrian Crash Study that looks at a decade of crash data between 2007-2016, showing the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in the city.
Of the 3,016 pedestrian crashes there were over that time, more than two-thirds of them occurred at traffic signals, with walkers most commonly hit while they are in the crosswalk.
And almost two-thirds of the time, drivers were found to be most at fault, with the most common cause being vehicle drivers failing to yield to the pedestrian right of way.
So where was the most dangerous spot for pedestrian crashes over that time? According to the data it's Lyn-Lake – Lyndale Avenue South and West Lake Street – which over the 10 years saw 24 crashes involving pedestrians.
This was followed by West Broadway Avenue and Lyndale Avenue North in North Minneapolis, which had 23 crashes.
But it also depends on how you classify most dangerous. The Lyn-Lake intersection is a very busy one, but the intersection with the highest pedestrian crash rate is Grant Street West and Nicollet Mall in downtown.
Its 10 crashes over the 10-year period represents 0.31 pedestrian crashes per million vehicles using the intersection – the highest rate in the city.
And if you're talking the intersection where the most serious pedestrian crashes occurred – that'd be Hennepin Avenue South and West Lake Street in Uptown, where four crashes resulted in death or serious injury over the 10-year period.
More interesting points from the report
– 85 percent of pedestrian crashes happened on 10 percent of the streets in the city.
– Pedestrian crashes peak in October – when the weather is still fine for walking but the hours of daylight are fewer.
– Most crashes happen during sunset/dusk.
– 24 percent of pedestrian crashes at intersections involved left-turning vehicles, compared to just 8 percent turning right.
– Although pedestrian crashes have been trending downwards statewide, they've been on the rise in Minneapolis since 2011.
– Minneapolis roads are still safer for pedestrians than most other major U.S. cities.