A Map of Pedestrian Deaths

The Seattle Department of Transportation has released a map of all pedestrian deaths in the city, offering clues about where additional attention is needed.
December 19, 2010, 5am PST | Nate Berg
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Publicola takes a look at the map and notices some trends.

"While a large number of them cluster, as you might imagine, downtown (where people walk the most, and where an inexplicably controversial pedestrian-safety campaign was focused), an interesting trend emerges when you start looking at Southeast Seattle.

In five years-despite dire warnings from groups like Save Our Valley that surface-level light rail construction and operations would lead to a rash of pedestrian fatalities-there have been zero deaths in the past five years along Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., where surface-level light rail opened in July 2009. In the same period, there have been seven deaths on or near MLK's parallel street, Rainier Ave."

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Published on Friday, December 17, 2010 in Publicola
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