Pedestrian Danger on Niagara Falls Boulevard is Part of a National Trend

June 14, 2018
Six pedestrians have been killed in recent years along a 1.7-mile section of the boulevard, a busy arterial street with several lanes of traffic just north of I-290. (John Hickey/News File photo)
Six pedestrians have been killed in recent years along a 1.7-mile section of the boulevard, a busy arterial street with several lanes of traffic just north of I-290.

The portion of Niagara Falls Boulevard that separates Amherst and Tonawanda north of the I-290 has a well-earned reputation as both a congested thoroughfare for motor vehicles driving on it and a deadly gambit for pedestrians trying to get across it.

According to a new national study, it also has a lot of company.

Pedestrian deaths on arterials like Niagara Falls Boulevard increased 67 percent in the United States between 2009 and 2016, according to the report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The report said almost the entire increase in pedestrian fatalities in the United States occurred on the 4 percent of streets that are defined as arterials, wide roads in cities and suburbs designed to carry heavy traffic traveling at or near expressway speeds.

It also contained another nugget that is applicable to the boulevard: Deaths on arterials increased 54 percent during “dark conditions.”
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