Where Are the Most Dangerous Intersections in Denver?
According to new data released by the Denver Police Department, the intersection at 20th and Market streets near Coors Field is the most dangerous for pedestrians. Data for 2018 shows that five pedestrians were involved in accidents at the busy intersection. The five accidents are two more than what was reported in 2017.
The Denver Police Department also identified the intersection at North Quebec Street and East Martin Luther King Boulevard in Park Hill, as the most dangerous intersection for crashes involving one or more motor vehicles.
Jay Casilla, a spokesperson for the Denver Police Department, said that the city’s rising population and distracted drivers and pedestrians are some of the major factors that are causing accidents at these intersections.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Denver's population is 704,621 as of July 1, 2017. This is 599,813 more than what was reported in 2010.
Speaking about the increased accidents, Casilla said, “There are many factors that can determine why a crash happens at any intersection. These intersections have the most crashes reported in the city but they do not mean that they are dangerous intersections. Any intersection can become dangerous if a driver or pedestrian is doing something that may put their lives in danger."
The following is a list of the top seven intersections with the most pedestrian-related crashes:
- Market & 20th Streets: 5 crashes in 2018 (up from 2 in 2017)
- North Lincoln Street & East Colfax Avenue: 4 crashes in 2018 (up from 1 in 2017)
- North Broadway Street & East 13th Avenue: 4 crashes in 2018 (up from 0 in 2017)
- Blake & 20th Streets: 3 crashes in 2018 (up from 2 in 2017)
- South University Boulevard & East Asbury Avenue: 3 crashes in 2018 (up from 1 in 2017)
- South Colorado Boulevard & East Mississippi Avenue: 3 crashes in 2018 (up from 0 in 2017
- West Evans Avenue & South Federal Boulevard: 3 crashes in 2018 (up from 2 in 2017)
Casilla also reminded drivers and pedestrians not to “walk or drive distracted,” and to “make sure both drivers and pedestrians follow the laws of the road.” "When a driver approaches an intersection to make a turn, they should make sure they watch for pedestrians crossing prior to making the turn,” said Casilla.
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