safety

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Providing a safe transportation system for all users is a top priority for our region. Over the last five years, the number of vehicle-related fatalities and serious injuries has trended downward, while the number of bicycle and pedestrian fatalities has stayed relatively flat. While we have continued to improve the safety of our roadways for vehicles, we have failed to provide the same safety improvements for those walking and biking.

fatalities & serious injuries

2015 - 2019 KDOT Data

2015-2019 KDOT Data

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safety performance measures

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PM 1: Number of Vehicle Fatalities

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Over the last five years (2014-2018) we have had a total of 26 fatalities on our roadways. While the five-year rolling average continues to trend downward, the number of fatalities per year fluctuates between two and eight deaths. With over 72% of our fatal crashes occurring on federal and state highways, we must work with KDOT to identify ways to improve the safety of our high-speed roadways.

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PM 3: Number of Serious Injuries

In 2017, the Federal Highway Administration changed the definition of what qualifies as a serious injury. This largely skewed our data, making it appear as if there was a drastic decrease in the number of serious injuries occurring on our roadways. Due to this change in reporting, it is difficult to gauge our overarching trend for vehicular serious injuries.

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PM 5: Non-Motorized Fatalities & Serious Injuries

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PM 7: % of Public Transit Buses with Cameras

The Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency (ATA Bus) has 35 vehicles. Each had a camera installed in 2021, well ahead of the 2023 target.

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PM 2: Rate of Vehicular Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled 

Using a "rate" allows us to compare the safety of our roadways to larger regions that have hundreds of more crashes each year. Think of this as a per capita comparison, but rather than using population, we use the number of miles driven on our roadways. The five-year average rate of fatalities per 100 million VMT continues to trend downward. In theory, this means our roadways are becoming safer, despite an increased use.

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PM 4: Rate of Serious Injuries per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled 

Similar to the number of serious injuries, it is hard to gauge our progress in lowering the rate of serious injuries due to the change in definition of what qualifies as a serious injury.

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PM 6: % Serious Injury & Fatality Crashes with Bicycles & Pedestrians

Despite comprising only 9% of commuting mode share, people walking and biking are involved in 15% of all serious injury and fatality crashes.  This percentage has steadily increased over the last five years.

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PM 8: # of Public Transit Related Fatalities & Serious Injuries 

The ATA Bus had no transit-related fatalities or serious injuries between 2016 and 2018. Public transit remains one of the safest modes of travel in our region.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries are classified as "non-motorized". In the last five years, our region has reported an average of 4.2 serious injuries and 0.8 fatalities every year. Our average non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries have increased over the last five years. Our target is to have less than five fatalities and serious injuries in the coming years. 

Annual data for PM 5 started in 2015, therefore 2019 is the first year with a         5-year avg.

understanding metrics & Guages

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Federally Required Metric

MPOs are federally required to use a performance-based approach for guiding transportation investment and policy decisions. Transportation legislation identifies several performance metrics MPOs must monitor, establish targets for, and report on.

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Flint Hills MPO Metric

MPOs can choose to establish additional goals and targets specific to their region.

See our full document of Connect 2040 Goals and their Metrics for Progress and

our 2020 Safety Performance Measures Report: