Nashville is launching an online dashboard to track traffic-related deaths and injuries.
Expected to go live on Dec. 15, the website will be the city’s latest step in Nashville Vision Zero, a road-safety initiative kicked off last year that combines data, policy and design to create safer streets. The program has been implemented in over 40 U.S. communities, including Seattle, San Antonio and Durham.
For the past two years, city officials have been collecting traffic incident data and working with community groups on an action plan. The online tracker comes as Nashville is expected to set a record high in pedestrian and driver fatalities for a sixth year. So far this year, 35 pedestrians died in a crash, according to the Metro police department.
Jennifer Baldwin, a transportation planner working with the city, says through the new website, people will have access to hit-and-run data, crash findings and whether their neighborhood is particularly vulnerable for a collision.
“The thought is to really just create something interactive that folks can kind of zoom right into their specific neighborhood and see some of their crash history or how we’ve grouped it,” Baldwin said at a Vision Zero Task Force meeting on Wednesday.
She added that residents will also be able to interpret the data based on equity indicators including gender, English proficiency, age group and disability.
Next week, the city’s Department of Transportation will also release a draft of its street safety action plan. Community members will have a chance to share their input on the proposal before it’s finalized in mid-February.