Written by: Stephen Fleck
In recognition of National Pedestrian Safety Month, we’re excited to introduce a powerful tool that plays a pivotal role in understanding and improving pedestrian safety across our communities. Metro Analytics’ Urban Safety Explorer is a comprehensive dashboard designed to promote pedestrian safety by providing valuable insights and data-driven solutions.
Unveiling Pedestrian Safety Insights:
Metro Analytics’ Urban Safety Explorer empowers users with a wide range of features that help analyze and mitigate pedestrian accidents. It offers the ability to explore pedestrian crash data within various contexts, allowing users to:
- Customized Block Group Analysis: Users can delve into a plethora of block group variables, including walk activity, employment density, observed walk traffic, and more. By comparing regional figures against custom geographic selections, this tool equips communities to identify areas where pedestrian safety improvements are most needed.
- Thematic Color Schemes: Urban Safety Explorer offers the flexibility to set background thematic color schemes based on these variables. This makes it easier to visualize areas of concern and opportunities for change.
- Thematic Link Coloring: Users can dynamically color road network links based on either pedestrian crash rates (normalized by walk and auto traffic) or “hard braking” rates. This feature provides a detailed view of road safety, allowing for targeted interventions.
- Custom Geographic Analysis: The tool enables users to select a custom area on the map, automatically calculating and presenting the socioeconomic and pedestrian risk profile of that area in comparison to the broader region. This baseline reference point is instrumental in crafting strategies for safer pedestrian zones.
Making Informed Decisions:
In an age where data-driven solutions are crucial for improving pedestrian safety, Metro Analytics’ Urban Safety Explorer empowers communities, city planners, and transportation authorities to make informed decisions. By providing a comprehensive analysis of pedestrian crash data, this tool is a key asset in creating safer environments for everyone.
As we celebrate National Pedestrian Safety Month, let’s take a collective step towards enhancing pedestrian safety with the Urban Safety Explorer. Together, we can work towards a future where pedestrians can enjoy safer streets and communities.