Chart of the Day: Minnesota Freeway Fatalities over Time

In today’s Minneapolis Star and Tribune you’ll find a story about the near-record low in freeway traffic fatalities in Minnesota in 2014. Here’s the pertinent chart:


Note that the article also states that “the number of pedestrian fatalities also fell to a 30-year low of 17. The preliminary numbers show that five bicyclists and 45 motorcyclists were killed, also down from the previous year.”

Via Twitter, our own writer (and podcast guest) Alex Cecchini had a few thoughts on this trend:

  1. We invoke safety a lot (with good reason), but man MN is statistically so much better than other states & yet, at 66 deaths/million residents, we’re still worse than most of Europe

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About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.