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Hopkins Campaigns to Curb Pedestrian Deaths in Baltimore

4 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 8:45am

via Graham Coreil-Allen on Flickr

via Graham Coreil-Allen on Flickr

30 percent of all pedestrian crashes in Maryland happen right in Baltimore. That’s 700 pedestrian crashes in the city every year. 100 result in a death. Of the other 600, many cause “life changing injuries.” Luckily, Johns Hopkins has offered its research prowess to solving the public safety issue, and it’s teaming with the MVA to campaign for pedestrian safety.

What did they learn from their 4,000-respondent online survey, focus groups, and expert interviews? Motorists and pedestrians are equally to blame for the accidents. The campaign is urging walkers to “stop, wait, go slow. Be alert and don’t get hurt.” It doesn’t look sound that catchy at first, but it’s memorable enough.

Besides reminding pedestrians of the basics, the campaign instituted changes in East Baltimore that include adding more time to light changes and increasing the number of officers at busy intersections. They plan to assess the effects of the changes after six months.

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  • anon.e.mouse

    Hopkins should begin by teaching their own undergrads and grads at the University how to cross a street. First thing: pay attention to your surroundings, not your damn phone! I can’t begin to count how many people haven’t even broken stride as they’ve stepped into the street against the light and in front of a car.

    I’d love to see Hopkins release the number of their own who get hit by cars, both near the University and the Hospital!

  • ym

    What part of this program is aimed at motorists? I’m a Charles Village resident (a professional, not a student) and I often see aggressive and reckless driving in the area, especially when crossing 33rd near the hospital. Drivers go very fast and do not watch or wait for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Drivers will honk or yell at you for walking in the crosswalk when the pedestrian has a walk signal. I’ve never seen cops in the area during rush hour. I’d really like to see this campaign remind drivers that pedestrians always have the right of way.

    • Shannon

      Pedestrians always have the right of way IF they have the walk signal. They do not have the right of way if they are crossing against the light as so many pedestrians in Baltimore enjoying doing.

  • Dan Goodman

    This campaign is victim blaming warmed over. No real change will come until motorist take their roll seriously and give driving its proper respect it deserves.



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