57 traffic deaths in Philly in 2016. Here's a map of all of them - Technical.ly Philly


Oct. 20, 2016 12:22 pm

57 traffic deaths in Philly in 2016. Here’s a map of all of them

A new project from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is a painful reminder of how unsafe the streets can be.

Some harsh numbers to look at.

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What were you searching for the last time you looked up Philly on Google Maps? Likely it was restaurants around you or better commute routes.

To remind you of the frailty of life, and of the need for action on street safety, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia just released a Google Maps-powered visualization of every traffic casualty recorded this year.

The overall number is striking: there have been 57 traffic-related deaths so far in Philly, of which 27 have been pedestrians.

Seven of those killed were children. Let that number sink in for a second.

But the whole point of this project was to go beyond numbers and raise awareness of Philly’s traffic safety issues. That’s why the site — developed in partnership with D.C.-based dev shop Sononaco — took data from the Philadelphia Police Department and local media outlets to piece together detailed reports on each of casualties.

Consider the case of Jamal Morris, a 27-year-old cyclist who was run over by a motorist near the corner of 55th and Market on April 19. The driver fled the scene, and Morris eventually passed away from the injuries he sustained.

“We developed this website to put a face on the far too many victims of traffic crashes in Philadelphia,” said Sarah Clark Stuart, the Coalition’s executive director, in a press release. “We want the public to be more aware of this epidemic, to urge their leaders to take action, and we hope that in future years, PHLtrafficvictims.org will tell a different story.”

Here’s the map:


Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

  • Corey Acri

    Anyone who knows me, knows that I am the biggest proponents of biking over other forms of transportation. Part of the reason for that is because statistics show that it is one of the safest forms of transportation. Despite this, it is consistently portrayed in the media as tragic and unsafe. While I applaud the Bike Coalition for doing what few others are doing to keep track of traffic related deaths, the story and messaging here is all wrong. If you look at the very stats they are collecting, biking is the safest form of transportation on the board. And you don’t have to take my word for it, read this three-part series for more: http://www.bicycleretailer.com/industry-news/2015/11/04/rick-vosper-haunted-ghosts-dead-cyclists#.WA5djzKZMyl


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