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Study: Old Town Historic District is the most dangerous area for pedestrians in Virginia

A new study shows that the most dangerous area for pedestrians is Old Town.

The law firm of Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp commissioned the study, which identified 20 areas, and was conducted by California-based 1Point21 Interactive.

The study, which includes an interactive map, tabulated more than 11,000 crashes between 2015 and 2022, with the most in Alexandria’s Old Town Historic District.

There were 68 crashes and 75 injuries, throughout Old Town. In second place is the MCV and Capitol districts of Richmond with 55 crashes and 56 pedestrians injured, followed by  Clarendon in Arlington County with 52 crashes and 58 pedestrian injuries.

“In Virginia, pedestrian safety is a growing concern. From 2015 through June 2022, over 11,000 pedestrians were struck in the state of Virginia, leaving over 10,000 injured and 848 dead,” according to the study.

The top 20 most dangerous areas are below.

RANK ZONE NAME LOCATION CRASHES PEDESTRIANS INJURED
1 Alexandria Historic District Alexandria 68 75
2 Capitol – Biotech and MCV Districts Richmond 55 56
3 Clarendon Arlington County 52 58
4 Belvidere St Corridor Richmond 44 43
5 Monroe Ward Richmond 37 39
6 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond 34 35
7 Ballston Arlington County 32 31
8 North Rosslyn Arlington County 31 32
9 Caroline Street Corridor Fredericksburg 29 33
10 Shockoe Bottom Richmond 26 26
11 Columbia Pike Corridor Arlington County 24 25
12 Pacific Ave Corridor Virginia Beach 20 20
13 Main St Corridor Blacksburg 19 19
14 Shockoe Slip Richmond 18 18
15 Crystal City – Richmond Hwy & 23rd St Arlington County 18 20
16 Wilson Blvd Corridor Arlington County 18 18
17 Court House Arlington County 16 17
18 Ridge St Corridor Charlottesville 15 14
19 Columbia Pike & S Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington County 15 15
20 Downtown Roanoke Roanoke 14 14

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