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Tracking crashes across the tri-state

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 by Rachel Culley

For several years, the seemingly constant reports of people being hit and seriously injured or killed by drivers on local streets has shaken our community. Despite 13.2% fewer vehicle miles traveled by drivers nationally during the height of the pandemic, 2021 was the deadliest year for car crash fatalities in at least a decade, with thirty pedestrians and five cyclists killed in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. 

In August, the tragic loss of Gloria San Miguel and Dr. Jeffrey Robbins in the same day reignited a conversation around bicyclist safety in the urban core. Gloria was tragically killed while riding her bike with her partner in a hit and run crash on the 11th Street / Girl Scout Bridge between Covington and Newport. Community outcry and local law enforcement pressure eventually brought the perpetrators to justice, but community members are asking for change in the roadway design to prevent future crashes from occurring.

Data is an important tool to document the extent of the problem our region has with car crashes. Over the past two years, Tri-State Trails has leveraged data to urge local leaders to make our streets safer by organizing a Day of Remembrance event, leading a Remembrance Action Ride, and successfully advocating to the Cincinnati Board of Health to declare traffic crashes a public health emergency. Now, we’re inviting residents to elevate urgency of traffic fatalities to your elected officials by using our revamped and updated our Greater Cincinnati Crash Dashboard. This tool can be used to examine data from January 2011 to September 2022 and explore various indicators at the time of the crash. We hope this tool empowers you to advocate for safer streets in your neighborhood. 

With an influx of federal infrastructure dollars available to local governments, now is the time to make bold investments in our region’s roadways and bridges. These thoroughfares are the lifelines for our cities, and building safer streets for people to walk, bicycle, and roll will make living an active lifestyle more accessible and equitable for all.

One death is too many.

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