Fatal Roads

Purple are vehicle deaths, and they cover the map. Click for an explorable map.

It’s not often we get to see in such a stark way how dangerous our roads are.  Luckily, ITO World, a UK transportation information firm, has done it for us, mapping every road fatality in the US from 2001-2009.

Zooming in to Marin, there are a few patterns.  I count 27 deaths along Highway 101 in the county, with the worst part being right at the border, and 2 deaths on 580.  On surface streets, I have:

  • 14 deaths in Novato, including a 9-year-old pedestrian girl on San Marin Drive in 2009
  • 10 deaths in San Rafael, including an 81-year-old pedestrian woman on 3rd Street in 2007
  • 3 deaths in San Anselmo
  • 1 death in Ross, a pedestrian
  • 1 death in Larkspur, a 53-year-old cyclist man near the ferry building in 2003
  • 1 death in Corte Madera
  • 2 deaths in Tiburon
  • 1 death in Sausalito
  • 2 deaths in Mill Valley, both motorcyclists
  • 25 deaths in West Marin

Over 9 years, 89 people have died on the roads of Marin.  Most were in vehicles or motorcycles, but there were two bicyclists and a number of pedestrians that were killed.  We’re doing better than a lot of places, but it serves as a fresh reminder that roads are far more dangerous than we often remember.  What do you see in this map?

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About David Edmondson
A native Marinite working in Washington, DC, I am fascinated by how one might apply smart-growth and urbanist thinking to the low-density towns of my home.

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