Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, August 7

  • Active Trans Annual Crash Report: 53% of Crashes in Region Happen on Arterials
  • Activists in Logan, Rogers Park & Uptown Petition for Ballot Initiative on Rent Control (Tribune)
  • Kenny Ivory, 17, Fatally Shot While Riding Bike in Gresham (Sun-Times)
  • 2 Punched in Separate Random Attacks Near South Loop Red Line Stations (ABC)
  • Despite Lawsuit Against Obama Center, Trees Are Coming Down to Make Room for It (Sun-Times)
  • A Look at Why Ofo Failed in U.S. Cities, Including Chicago (CityLab)
  • City’s Graffiti Blasters Removed a Mural by Hebru Brantley in Wicker Park (Block Club)
  • Planning Meetings  on Future of Little Village Industrial Corridor This Week (Block Club)

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  • BlueFairlane

    I don’t get the significance of the fact that 53% of regional crashes happen on streets that carry the most regional traffic … unless it’s to point out the more surprising fact that 47% or regional crashes happen on non-arterial streets. That seems higher than it should be.

  • Tooscrapps

    Non-arterial streets include both highways and side streets right? So maybe not that unusual.

    I wonder what the road mix (side, arterial, highway) of an average car trip is in our region. But I agree, its a strange way to phrase it.

  • BlueFairlane

    Is a highway really considered a non-arterial? That would be an odd system of classification.

  • Tooscrapps

    Arterial streets deliver the traffic to the highways and through urban areas. For z Chicago, think Ashland, North Ave, Stony Island…

  • Random_Jerk

    US drivers are the most distracted drivers I’ve ever encountered. The easiest solution would be to ban an automatic transmission. That would prevent most of the people from constantly looking at their phones while driving.

  • No, they’d just try it anyway. I saw someone last week driving stick while honest-to-god watching television on a phone mounted on the review mirror. And just for fun, the truck was a piece of junk and I think the city sticker was expired. People just Do Not Care.

  • BlueFairlane

    It seems to me, then, in order to get anything out of this statistic, they need to break it into three categories: side streets, arterials, and highways. As it is, side streets and highways are lumped together, and things seem even crazier.

    I mean, if there are fewer crashes on highways than arterial streets, wouldn’t the logical response be to make arterial streets more like highways?

    Also, it would help if this could somehow be tied to vehicle miles traveled.