Each year there are tens of thousands of crashes on the Hampton Roads roadway network, resulting in thousands of injuries, millions of dollars of damage, and the loss of life. Many of these crashes involve active transportation users. Active transportation is defined as including all forms of human-powered transportation. The most common forms of active transportation are bicycling and walking, but it also includes using a wheelchair and activities like in-line skating or skateboarding.
Because of the impacts that crashes have on society, safety planning is a priority for the HRTPO. HRTPO is in the process of preparing the Hampton Roads Active Transportation Safety Study, which will build on previous HRTPO safety planning efforts by emphasizing safety concerns for bicyclists and pedestrians. The study will highlight recent trends in active transportation crashes, crash characteristics and factors, the locations of active transportation crashes throughout Hampton Roads, and ways to improve active transportation safety.
There were nearly 700 people injured and 30 people killed in active transportation crashes in the region in 2014. Although the number of people injured has decreased since 2012, the number of people killed matched a high seen in 2005.
There are a number of factors that contribute to active transportation crashes. Notable trends in regional active transportation crashes from 2010-2014 include:
HRTPO will release the Hampton Roads Active Transportation Safety Study – including an analysis of locations with the most active transportation crashes – in Fall 2016.