Route Fifty: On Streets With Pavement Art, Study Finds Drop in Crashes
Route-fifty.com reports on encouraging results from a study by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The "Asphalt Art Safety Study" found that "crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists fell by 50% and total crashes by 17% on streets with artistic design features."
In addition to the crash reductions, the analysis found there was a:
- 37% decrease in the rate of crashes leading to injuries.
- 27% increase in the frequency of drivers immediately yielding to pedestrians with the right of way.
- 25% decrease in pedestrian crossings involving a conflict with drivers.
- 38% decrease in pedestrians crossing against the walk signal.
Read the full article here.
Read the full report here.
Learn more about the Asphalt Art Initiative and see examples of their projects around the globe.
A related movement, Paint the Pavement (PtP) is a program that promotes community building and “placemaking” through creating neighborhood art. There are PtP programs in Colorado, Minnesota, and North Carolina.
Portland has a vibrant street art community and its own process to apply for a street painting permit. Learn about the process here.
The City Repair Project is an organization dedicated to "placemaking" in Portland, Oregon. They offer support and guidance on a variety of projects, including intersection paintings/ street murals.