The Vision Zero Philadelphia conference Thursday began a process that should lead to the city streets being safer. One of the conference's goals is the creation of a mayor's task force by January to look at ways Philadelphia's streets might have fewer car-related crashes. The stats, reported here, are sobering. Philadelphia had about 11,000 automobile crashes a year on average from 2009 to 2013, resulting in 90 to 100 deaths a year, according to a report from the Bicycle Coalition. That same report found that in 2013, 40 percent of the Philadelphia's traffic fatalities were from autos hitting pedestrians.

That report compiled lists of Philadelphia's most dangerous crash sites and roadways for pedestrians.
The most frequent sites for pedestrian involved crashes, to the nearest intersection, according to data from 2009 to 2013 provided by the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities, are as follows:

 1.  Fifth Street & Olney Avenue;  19 crashes
 2.  Broad and Race Streets;  17 crashes
 3.  Broad Street & Girard Avenue;  16 crashes
 4.  Cottman Avenue & Roosevelt Boulevard;  16 crashes
 5.  Broad Street & Olney Avenue;  16 crashes
 6.  Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue;  16 crashes
 7.  Market and 40th Streets;  15 crashes
 8.  Market and 11th Street;  14 crashes
 9.  Chelten and Wayne Avenues;  13 crashes
10. Market and 12th Streets;  13 crashes
11. Cobbs Creek, Market Street, and 63rd Street;  13 crashes
12. Cecil B. Moore Avenue & Broad Street;  13 crashes 

Here's the list of the 10 most dangerous corridors in the city for pedestrians. The same source provided this data.

 1. Market Street from City Hall to Eighth Street.
 2. Chestnut Street from 22nd Street to 16th Street.
 3. Broad Street from Oregon to Snyder Avenues.
 4. 52nd Street from Baltimore Avenue to Sansom Street.
 5. Allegheny Avenue from G Street to Martha Street.
 6. Market Street from City Hall to 20th Street.
 7. Chestnut Street from Broad Street to Eighth Street.
 8. Broad Street from Allegheny Avenue to Cumberland Street.   
 9. JFK Boulevard from 15th Street to 20th Street.
10. Broad Street from City Hall to Vine Street.

The report has a wealth of other stats that are worth the attention of anyone interested in street safety in the city. I'm going to to highlight some more numbers, and some ways the city is seeking to bring these statistics down, in the coming week.

I'd be interested to hear if anyone had any personal experiences with trouble at any of these intersections, or if there are other places that are regular hazards for walkers, bikers or drivers that didn't make the list. Email me at