4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Fifty most dangerous intersections for pedestrians

8000 pedestrians injured, 270 killed within 15-year span

From the auditor's report
From the auditor's report

If you're crossing the street at an intersection on University Avenue, watch out! Because 11 of the city's most dangerous intersections for pedestrians are on University in the five or so miles between Fourth Avenue and Winona Avenue, just east of Euclid Avenue, according to the city auditor.

According to the auditor's report, 138 people were hit by vehicles at the 11 worst intersections between 2001 and 2015, with University and Marlborough and University and 52nd at the top of the list. Eighteen people were hit by cars at each of those intersections in the 15-year span.

The auditor's report counts about 70 intersections on University; from Albatross to Winona, 342 pedestrians were reported hurt or killed.

The audit, released last week, looked at 2400 intersections where at least one pedestrian was hit in 15 years; that's of the 17,000 intersections citywide, and includes some of the 1600 intersections with traffic signals.

(No less than 70 intersections on University, from Albatross to Winona, had reported pedestrian crashes.)

In the 15-year span, 8000 pedestrians were injured and 270 were killed, according to the report. And the number of car-pedestrian crashes is rising, the report concluded.

"It's pretty alarming, the number of pedestrians who are hit," said Sherry Ryan. She's a partner in Chen-Ryan Associates, a mobility consulting firm that did a similar study for the city in 2014. "It's the behavior we want to encourage — we want you to get out of your car and then when you do, you become one of the most vulnerable people in the city."

More people on foot are killed in San Diego traffic than people in vehicles or on bicycles, the report says.

Who is more likely to be hit? Lower income people who don't have cars, older people, disabled people, and people in dense urban neighborhoods, according to the Chen-Ryan report.

Many of the hits were in the midcity area, with 11 of the most dangerous intersections in either City Heights or the College Area.

As a district, downtown has the most, with 14 of the most dangerous intersections yielding 142 pedestrian crashes. Three blocks of G Street (at Fourth, Fifth and Sixth avenues) are where 29 people were hit in the past 15 years.

Pacific Beach has seven of the top 50-some, with 3 on Mission Boulevard alone (at Hornblend, Garnet and Thomas). El Cajon Boulevard intersections at 33rd, 35th, and 36th streets, along with College and Oregon streets, also rank in the top 50-some.

The city auditor's study looked at how the city was using its resources to protect pedestrians, and if those efforts were aimed at the intersections where people get hurt. The answer they found: Kind of but not really. Infrastructure — brightly painted crosswalks, stoplights that talk, for example — tends to end up where residents are demanding it. Sometimes that's at dangerous intersections but often it is not.

The resource that the report cited as being hardly used at all to protect pedestrians: law enforcement.

Eighteen of the report's recommendations are aimed at the police department. The auditors found that, among the nearly 100,000 traffic citations the cops wrote in 2015, citing drivers for doing stuff that kills pedestrians — failure to yield while the driver is turning left or right, for example — the tickets amounted to about one percent of all tickets. And, they concluded, the policing efforts weren't informed by the data on pedestrian collisions.

"It is essential that the San Diego Police Department maximize the effectiveness of its limited enforcement resources by utilizing available data," city auditor Eduardo Luna said in an email. "We found day to day enforcement of certain driver violations that are most dangerous to pedestrians could likely be increased."

Some cities do pedestrian stings — where they have a plainclothes cop walking the intersection while other cops hand out tickets.

San Diego police Lt. Scott Wahl remembers pedestrian stings from when he was on patrol — and the public's reaction.

"We used to use a guy on our squad who was 6'5" and 275 pounds to cross at a marked crosswalk. He always wore a bright fluorescent shirt as well. We would get people all day nearly running him off the road," Wahl said. "We had soooo many complaints from the community that we were writing 'bush league tickets.' It is tough to please everyone."

As for University Avenue, a group called Circulate San Diego is working with the city on plans to reconfigure the thoroughfare — plans with several alternatives will be presented at a City Heights meeting on October 3. The plans are for the first stage, from 44th to 47th streets, according to Kathleen Ferrier, CirculateSD's director of advocacy.

"Failure to yield to pedestrians, who have the right of way in intersections is the main reason when crashes are the driver's fault," Ferrier said. "It is alarming to see 18 crashes at one intersection."

Ferrier agrees with the auditor recommendations — particularly the third prong.

"What makes things safer for pedestrians is engineering, enforcement, and education," she said. "We need to see a campaign against distracted driving."

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Macbeth At Saville Theatre, Taking Back Sunday and Jimmy Eat World, Leftover Salmon

Events October 21-October 22, 2021
Next Article

Comes with a plastic bag of cemetery dirt

The Yucks, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Crush of Souls, Tolan Shaw, JT Moring
From the auditor's report
From the auditor's report

If you're crossing the street at an intersection on University Avenue, watch out! Because 11 of the city's most dangerous intersections for pedestrians are on University in the five or so miles between Fourth Avenue and Winona Avenue, just east of Euclid Avenue, according to the city auditor.

According to the auditor's report, 138 people were hit by vehicles at the 11 worst intersections between 2001 and 2015, with University and Marlborough and University and 52nd at the top of the list. Eighteen people were hit by cars at each of those intersections in the 15-year span.

The auditor's report counts about 70 intersections on University; from Albatross to Winona, 342 pedestrians were reported hurt or killed.

The audit, released last week, looked at 2400 intersections where at least one pedestrian was hit in 15 years; that's of the 17,000 intersections citywide, and includes some of the 1600 intersections with traffic signals.

(No less than 70 intersections on University, from Albatross to Winona, had reported pedestrian crashes.)

In the 15-year span, 8000 pedestrians were injured and 270 were killed, according to the report. And the number of car-pedestrian crashes is rising, the report concluded.

"It's pretty alarming, the number of pedestrians who are hit," said Sherry Ryan. She's a partner in Chen-Ryan Associates, a mobility consulting firm that did a similar study for the city in 2014. "It's the behavior we want to encourage — we want you to get out of your car and then when you do, you become one of the most vulnerable people in the city."

More people on foot are killed in San Diego traffic than people in vehicles or on bicycles, the report says.

Who is more likely to be hit? Lower income people who don't have cars, older people, disabled people, and people in dense urban neighborhoods, according to the Chen-Ryan report.

Many of the hits were in the midcity area, with 11 of the most dangerous intersections in either City Heights or the College Area.

As a district, downtown has the most, with 14 of the most dangerous intersections yielding 142 pedestrian crashes. Three blocks of G Street (at Fourth, Fifth and Sixth avenues) are where 29 people were hit in the past 15 years.

Pacific Beach has seven of the top 50-some, with 3 on Mission Boulevard alone (at Hornblend, Garnet and Thomas). El Cajon Boulevard intersections at 33rd, 35th, and 36th streets, along with College and Oregon streets, also rank in the top 50-some.

The city auditor's study looked at how the city was using its resources to protect pedestrians, and if those efforts were aimed at the intersections where people get hurt. The answer they found: Kind of but not really. Infrastructure — brightly painted crosswalks, stoplights that talk, for example — tends to end up where residents are demanding it. Sometimes that's at dangerous intersections but often it is not.

The resource that the report cited as being hardly used at all to protect pedestrians: law enforcement.

Eighteen of the report's recommendations are aimed at the police department. The auditors found that, among the nearly 100,000 traffic citations the cops wrote in 2015, citing drivers for doing stuff that kills pedestrians — failure to yield while the driver is turning left or right, for example — the tickets amounted to about one percent of all tickets. And, they concluded, the policing efforts weren't informed by the data on pedestrian collisions.

"It is essential that the San Diego Police Department maximize the effectiveness of its limited enforcement resources by utilizing available data," city auditor Eduardo Luna said in an email. "We found day to day enforcement of certain driver violations that are most dangerous to pedestrians could likely be increased."

Some cities do pedestrian stings — where they have a plainclothes cop walking the intersection while other cops hand out tickets.

San Diego police Lt. Scott Wahl remembers pedestrian stings from when he was on patrol — and the public's reaction.

"We used to use a guy on our squad who was 6'5" and 275 pounds to cross at a marked crosswalk. He always wore a bright fluorescent shirt as well. We would get people all day nearly running him off the road," Wahl said. "We had soooo many complaints from the community that we were writing 'bush league tickets.' It is tough to please everyone."

As for University Avenue, a group called Circulate San Diego is working with the city on plans to reconfigure the thoroughfare — plans with several alternatives will be presented at a City Heights meeting on October 3. The plans are for the first stage, from 44th to 47th streets, according to Kathleen Ferrier, CirculateSD's director of advocacy.

"Failure to yield to pedestrians, who have the right of way in intersections is the main reason when crashes are the driver's fault," Ferrier said. "It is alarming to see 18 crashes at one intersection."

Ferrier agrees with the auditor recommendations — particularly the third prong.

"What makes things safer for pedestrians is engineering, enforcement, and education," she said. "We need to see a campaign against distracted driving."

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

The Rabbit Hole’s Apple Cinnamon Fashioned: fall flavors

Still a spirit-forward drink
Next Article

Baja Beach Fest: Ozuna, Karol G, Lunay, El Alfa, Dalex, Anuel AA, Farruko, Myke Towers, Balvin, Agudelo 888, Rauw Alejandro

No covid outbreaks from 16,000+ Rosarito revelers
Comments
2

It seems to be a 'thing' with poor people- always wear black clothing and black hoodie to block your vision and reduce your hearing; and then walk or ride your unlit bicycle in traffic in the dark. Real smart! Extra bonus points if you are staring at your smart phone and using ear buds while jaywalking at night.

Sept. 29, 2016

Fascinating. That's the area where I spent my youth, walking, skateboarding, and biking to and from Hoover High, Wilson Middle, and Euclid Elementary. I didn't realize it was so dangerous.

Sept. 30, 2016

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close