May 26, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

April Crash Report Card

The Springfield Public Works Department’s April 2010 Crash Report Card shows there have been six fatality crashes from January 1 through April 30 of this year compared to three in the same time period in 2009. The number of total crashes has decreased by 0.5 percent while the number of injury crashes has increased 10 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

May Safety Message

In past times, the majority of those people using our roadways were doing so via automobiles and trucks. Today, the trend shows an increase in alternative modes of transportation on our city streets. Street designs are being adapted, and are often referred to as “complete streets.” This new design approach strives to accommodate all users of the street system, including bicyclists and pedestrians, as well as those who get around with wheelchairs, or with strollers. Those modes of “alternative transportation” have been growing noticeably over the past few years for several reasons: for health reasons, environmental concerns, leisure activity, and as a response to increased gasoline prices in our present economic situation. While the City of Springfield is making an effort to accommodate the increased need in our community to make the roadways more multi-modal-friendly, motorists themselves need to develop the habit of looking for those who are a lot more vulnerable. The local crash data clearly shows the need to address pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle crashes in our community:

In 2009, there were 82 traffic crashes in Springfield involving motorcycle drivers, causing injuries to most of the riders. As of April 30, 2010, there have been 20 reported motorcycle crashes and there were 21 pedestrian crashes, of which 18 sustained injuries. Also, through April 30, 2010, nine bicyclists have been hit by motor vehicles, of which eight sustained injuries.

The numbers of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycles on our roadways are increasing, which is an overall positive development for our community. Unfortunately, many motorists do not yet realize that they must also adapt to having these alternative forms of transportation on our roadways. It’s a good idea to develop new safe practices, such as:

Motorists:
Pedestrians:
Bicyclists:
Scooter & Motorcycle Drivers:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mandy Taylor, Public Works Traffic Engineering at (417) 864-1801.

Further driving tips are also provided by the Springfield Police Department: www.springfieldmo.gov/spd/GeneralInfo/traffictipidx.html

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov