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The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a report, "Guidance on Pedestrian Crossing Safety at or near Passenger Stations," providing implementation guidance on strategies and methods to prevent pedestrian incidents, injuries, and fatalities at or near passenger rail stations. The report recommends that passenger rail operators use risk-based hazard analysis methods to identify methods and treatments to improve pedestrian safety at rail crossings. The report provides illustrations of many of these treatments.

Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Crash Data Summaries

Regionwide, the number of motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and bicycles has dropped since 2007 (the high point for both pedestrian and bicyclist crashes for the data available). However, bicycle crashes did rise approximately 11% in 2010, when compared to 2009. This jump may be a result of increasing numbers of cyclists. (Counts done within the City of Chicago suggest an increase in the number of cyclists over this time period.)

Using IDOT data collected from police crash reports, CMAP has prepared a summary of bicycle and pedestrian crash trends for the region, for each county in the region, and for the City of Chicago, as well as for the region vs. the state as a whole.

Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Crash Summary for the Region, Counties, and Chicago, 2004-2010

Bicycle-Motor Vehicle Crash Summary for the Region, Counties, and Chicago, 2004-2010


Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Statistics for the Region (vs. the State), 2004-2010

Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Mapping, 2005-2010

Using IDOT data collected from police crash reports, CMAP has mapped crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists for the years 2004-2010. PDFs of these crash maps are linked to below. Maps for bicycle and pedestrian crash location and density are provided regionwide and for the City of Chicago, where many pedestrian and bicycle crashes are concentrated. Likewise, maps showing the locations of Types K (Fatal) and A (Incapacitating Injury) crashes are also provided for both the region and for the City of Chicago. 'Hotspot' maps -- locating points with a high number of crashes within 100 feet of each other -- are provided for both all crashes types and for Types K and A only. These 'hotspot' maps are provided for the City of Chicago only, where such concentrations are highest, due to the larger volumes of pedestrians and bicyclists.

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