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2016 Safe Streets Boulder Report Summary and Highlights

Safe Streets Boulder Report 

The 2016 Safe Streets Boulder report pdf provides an overview of the city’s efforts to continuously improve safety for people using all modes of travel. Transportation safety is always a priority for the city, and this report is an important tool to track collision trends by type and location, and identify mitigation strategies to reduce the number and severity of these collisions.

The City of Boulder's Safe Streets Report is produced by the Transportation Division, in conjunction with the Boulder Police Department and Municipal Court. Information about the collision data is provided in more detail in the report's appendices.

Link to the 2016 Safe Streets Boulder reportKey Findings

  • Boulder's fatality rate is much less than the national average and also much less than the rate for similar-sized cities in Colorado. Boulder's fatality rate from 2010 to 2013 is 1.9 percent. 
  • An average of 60 people each year sustained serious injuries from collisions between 2009 and 2014.
  • An average of 3,275 collisions per year occur in Boulder.

 

 

 

Measuring progress and safety improvement strategies

The Safe Streets Boulder report identifies a plan of action for reducing the number and severity of collisions. The action plan outlines a comprehensive approach that includes engineering, education, enforcement and evaluation strategies.

Progress toward the TMP Toward Vision Zero safety objective is measured using the following metrics:

  • Total collisions, fatalities and serious injuries
  • Total pedestrian collisions, fatalities and serious injuries
  • Total bicycle collisions, fatalities and serious injuries

The collision data for these metrics and for this report is obtained from the City of Boulder’s Police Department traffic accident records database. This data is primarily collected by the Police Department’s accident investigation team when a member of that team completes a Colorado Traffic Accident Report form at the time of a collision. Much of the analysis for this report was conducted in 2015 before a full set of 2015 collision data was available. Therefore, this report only includes collision data through December 2014. More detailed information about the collision data is included in the appendix.

2016 Transportation Report on Progress and the 2012 Safe Streets Boulder report

The first Safe Streets Boulder report pdf was published in 2012 and provided an analysis of motor vehicle collisions involving a bicyclist or pedestrian and was used to identify and implement safety improvements. The 2016 Safe Streets Boulder report pdf has expanded the scope of the original report to include all collisions, not just those involving bicyclists and pedestrians, and establishes a baseline for tracking progress and a plan for future action to achieve traffic collision reduction goals.

Details about the community's transportation goals and an evaluation of its work to achieve them can be found in the 2016 Transportation Report on Progress pdf.

Use the following links to read or download:

The 2016 Safe Streets Boulder report

Click the following links to go to specific sections of the report or open or download a PDF version pdf.

Executive Summary

Link to the 2016 Safe Streets Boulder report

Get a high-level overview of the key concepts, see the key data and read about the most important findings and the city's strategies for improving safety in the executive summary.

Introduction

For more about Toward Vision Zero, how the city measures progress and ways to navigate the report, read the introduction.

How Safe are Boulder's Streets?

Learn about the state of traffic safety in Boulder, overall trends in traffic collisions from 2009 to 2014 (the most recent year data is available), and understand the first set of data points to begin measuring progress toward the TMP safety objective in the How Safe are Boulder's Streets? section.

Making Boulder's Streets Safer

This section describes prior and ongoing efforts to provide safe transportation facilities for all modes of travel within the city.

What We've Learned: 2012 to 2014

This section describes the Transportation Division’s new approach to reducing the number and severity of traffic collisions and includes a detailed analysis of collision data from 2012 through 2014. The findings from this analysis are used to determine mitigation strategies to address collision trends and high collision locations.

Moving Toward Vision Zero

The actions in this section represent how the city will reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions, working toward the Vision Zero goal. The actions are organized in terms of engineering, education, enforcement and evaluation strategies.

Appendices

An in-depth look at collision data and types, fatal collisions between 2009-14 and recent safety improvements at locations with high numbers of collisions.

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