A map of Austin crashes

The transportation department has put together a bunch of maps as part of Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, including the map of missing sidewalks that I wrote about last week.

This maps focuses on crashes. Each of the red dots indicates a crash that led to a serious injury or fatality between 2013-17.

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The blue lines are roads refer to the “high-injury network.” Those road segments account for 57% of all of the serious injuries and fatalities.

Below, this map displays the “vehicle high-injury network,” where the most crashes that killed or seriously injured motorists have occurred.

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You’ll notice that none of the major highways are highlighted. That’s not because there aren’t a ton of crashes on them. Among other reasons, transportation staff tells me highway crashes were excluded from the map to provide “a better picture of the highest crash local streets for all modes—streets that the city has the most control over in making design decisions.”

As you can see, motorist fatalities/injuries are concentrated on major arterials. Conspicuously unblemished is the downtown area.

When it comes to pedestrian injuries, however, there’s a lot of action downtown.

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Similarly, downtown is where many bike injuries occur:

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Note: The bike and pedestrian injury networks take into account moderate injuries, while the vehicle injury network only includes “serious injuries and fatalities.”

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