Two deaths each year were recorded along the road over that period, moving Tonnelle Avenue up from tenth place on the previous list of New Jersey’s most dangerous roads for pedestrians.
Between 2010 and 2012, Kennedy Boulevard logged four pedestrian deaths, making it the second deadliest road in Hudson County for pedestrians. A total of 33 pedestrians were killed on Hudson County roads during those three years.
Over that same period, 442 pedestrians were killed along New Jersey roads—with the roads becoming deadlier each year. In 2012 there were 161 deaths, an increase from 142 in 2011, and 139 in 2010.
Burlington Pike (Route 130) in Burlington County was listed as the deadliest road for pedestrians in New Jersey, with twelve deaths over the same three-year period. White Horse Pike in Camden County (US-30) and US-1 in Middlesex County are second and third on the New Jersey list, with nine and seven deaths respectively.
Arterial roads, defined as multi-lane roads that often have speed limits of 40 mph or more and little pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, were noted as the region’s deadliest for pedestrians. Although these roads account for only 17.5 percent of the state’s total roads, almost 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur along roads classified as arterials.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working toward transportation reform and safer roads in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
The study is available at http://tstc.org/reports/danger14/index.php. -- Art Schwartz