Through a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Health by Design has been working with data to identify areas in Indianapolis that have high incidences of pedestrian crashes for the purpose of identifying Pedestrian Safety Zones. This work is a component of Walkways, an initiative to make Indianapolis more walkable and to get more people walking. A systematic process called “zoning” was used to identify these high pedestrian crash areas. These zones are being assessed for the development of education, engineering and enforcement countermeasures. This method is effective in targeting areas for safety improvement in a cost effective manner. Two zones located in the Near West side of Indianapolis, Zones 23 and 25, have been identified as Pedestrian Safety Zones.
Zone 23 includes the West 16th Street corridor from Olin Avenue to the west and White River Parkway to the east. The zone also includes the surrounding area from 21st Street to the north and 12th Street to the south. Zone 25 includes two major corridors, Michigan Street and Washington Street. For your reference, the boundaries of both zones are outlined in the two attached maps.
An important step in the analysis of these areas with high pedestrian crashes is an assessment of the walking environment. A walk audit will be conducted to assess the current condition of the zone and to determine barriers to walking and opportunities for improvement.