Study area background
There were 2,473 crashes involving motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists in the study area during the last four years for which MnDOT has complete data (2015-2019).
Of these crashes, 1,173 were on University Ave., and 1,300 were on Central Ave. The chart shows information about the 110 (1.4%) of all crashes that resulted in a fatality or severe life-changing injury. This crash rate is significantly greater than the state average critical crash rate of 0.4%.
For pedestrians and bicyclists, even though they were involved only in a small percentage of all crashes (about 5%), they constituted 33% of all fatal and severe crashes – more than six times the rate for auto drivers.
Since this data was compiled, there have been two more pedestrian fatalities on Central Ave., in June and August 2020.
Who lives here and how do they travel?
About 145,000 people live in the study area.
Data show that a larger than average proportion of these residents are likely getting around without personal autos. About 1 in 10 people don’t have a car—either by choice or necessity. There is a relatively large population of seniors (who tend to drive less) along the corridor north of I-694. There are also areas where larger numbers of people rent their homes, which is also an indicator of lower auto ownership and use. And the proportion of families with children is below the regional average—another indicator of less than average auto use.
These maps show more information about population density, income, race, and language—all of which help us understand where people may have greater needs for non-auto transportation choices.
Who works here?
There are about 4,000 businesses in the study area, with a total of more than 60,000 jobs. This graphic shows that 53,071 of these job holders commute into the study area, and the remaining 6,997 workers already live in the study area. And 48,480 residents of the study area commute to jobs elsewhere.