By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant

This week’s edition of the Community Builders Exchange newsletter features an op-ed from Urban Planner Marielle Brown on how street design impacts communities and community development.  Brown describes how in the last century, street design focused primarily on moving cars quickly throughout a city. While there are obvious benefits to faster travel times, there are also some serious trade-offs, one of which being pedestrian safety.

The heat map below displays pedestrian crash data between 2009 and 2013 obtained from MoDOT. The data used to generate the map below includes four categories of a pedestrian crash: fatality, disabling injury, minor injury, and property damage all. This heat map includes all categories of pedestrian crashes.

The map displayed below separates three of the categories of a pedestrian crash: fatalities, disabling injuries and minor injuries.

In general, we see large concentrations of pedestrian crashes in downtown St. Louis, along Gravois between Bates and Cherokee, Natural Bridge near Newstead, at Delmar and Kingshighway, and along stretches of Grand from SLU to Natural Bridge. Both maps can also help us identify areas where serious crashes are not occurring: much of the Old North Neighborhood, Lafayette Square, Compton Heights, and just north of the Central West End.

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Pedestrian Crashes 09-13

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