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Route 1 Rated The Most Dangerous Road For Pedestrians In Connecticut

Route 1 in Westport
Route 1 in Westport Photo Credit: File
U.S. Route 1 was named the most dangerous road for pedestrians in Connecticut.
U.S. Route 1 was named the most dangerous road for pedestrians in Connecticut. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The stretch of U.S. Route 1 in Fairfield County, which runs from Greenwich to Bridgeport, was rated the most dangerous road for pedestrians in Connecticut by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

The study measured pedestrian fatalities from 2011 through 2013. Route 1 had a total of nine deaths during that stretch, including five in 2012.

U.S. Route 6 was second with three pedestrian fatalities.

A new analysis from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a nonprofit policy watchdog organization, finds that in the three years from 2011 to 2013, 99 pedestrians were killed on Connecticut roads.

The analysis finds U.S. Route 1 to be Connecticut’s most deadly road for walking for the seventh year in a row.

“For seven consecutive years, Route 1 has held the top spot as Connecticut’s most deadly road for pedestrians. While our annual analysis has noted variability in the most dangerous roads in the other states from year-to-year, without long-overdue safety improvements, it’s unlikely Route 1 can shed this label,” said Veronica Vanterpool, executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “Clearly, not enough is being done to transform this arterial into a corridor that is safe for all users.”

The campaign found that arterial roadways such as Route 1—multilane roads that often have speed limits of 40 mph or more with little pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure—are the region’s most deadly for pedestrians.

“It’s hard to get around in Connecticut if you don’t own a car, not only because of inadequate transit options, but also because so many roads are designed without the needs of pedestrians in mind,” said Joseph Cutrufo, Connecticut Advocate for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

In all of Fairfield County, there were 1,022 crashes involving pedestrians in the three-year period between 2010 and 2012, which resulted in 1,077 pedestrian injuries and 34 deaths. Here are the number of pedestrian-involved crashes by town:

  • Bridgeport: 281
  • Danbury: 103
  • Darien: 11
  • Easton: 2
  • Fairfield: 42
  • Greenwich: 60
  • New Canaan: 16
  • Norwalk: 126
  • Redding: 1
  • Ridgefield: 14
  • Stamford: 240
  • Weston: N/A
  • Westport: 19
  • Wilton: 5

Overall, 99 pedestrians were killed on roadways throughout the state in the three-year study period, including 21 in Fairfield County. Hartford County had the most fatalities with 28.

Click here to view a summary of the study .

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