A new study recently confirmed what many parents would expect — pedestrian
accidents involving children commonly occur around parks. In fact, crashes
are more likely to occur around parks than schools.
Pedestrian crashes involving children often end tragically. In 2013, one
in every five children under the age of 14 who were
killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
“Fatalities and injuries in our transportation system, especially
vulnerable ones such as children and pedestrians, are a vitally important
and soluble issue, yet we treat them as the price of doing business,”
said lead author Nick Ferenchak, a civil engineer at the University of
Colorado in Denver.
The study, which was recently published in the
Injury Prevention journal, examined 30 years of crash data from six U.S. cities to determine
where pedestrian crashes involving children under age 18 occurred. After
determining the number of pedestrian fatalities for each city, the researchers
used GIS mapping to examine the quarter-mile area surrounding parks to
compare fatality rates to those around schools and city-wide.
The study revealed that fatalities near parks were 1.04 to 2.23 times more
common compared to the vicinity of schools. The findings are concerning,
particularly given that pedestrian campaigns largely focus on schools.
The researchers also found that the concentration of child pedestrian
fatalities around parks is 1.16–1.81 times higher than the respective
“We need to stop our practice of thinking myopically by focusing
just around schools and start thinking about how we make our entire cities
Ferenchak told Reuters Health. “This is not just a transportation issue but a planning/land use
issue as well.”
The researchers recommend not only reducing speeds and installing pedestrian
crossings around parks, but also locating new parks on slow, narrow roads
If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured in a California
pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney
at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation. We are dedicated
to helping injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve.