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Colorado State Patrol Seeing Increase of People on Roadways Not Designed for Pedestrian Use



The following is a news release from the Colorado State Patrol:


(COLO) – Unlike neighborhood streets or roads with designated bike lanes or large shoulders, there are many highways and rural roadways that are not designed for pedestrian use. When pedestrians are present on access-controlled roads, such as highways, they are placing themselves and motorists at great risk and can be ticketed, or worse, injured or killed.

Over the last three years (2019-2021) there have been 157 crashes investigated by the Colorado State Patrol involving a person in a roadway where they were not permitted. These crashes resulted in a fatality or serious injury 75% of the time.

In addition, there was a 52.9% increase in 2021 over 2020 for crashes involving a person in a roadway where they were not permitted.

“Crossing a highway on foot or walking alongside a road that is not designed for pedestrians is extremely dangerous,” said Sergeant Troy Kessler with the Colorado State Patrol. “Seeing a person walking on a road not designed for pedestrians would be unexpected for a driver. If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance as a pedestrian on a highway, exercise extreme caution, keep alert and distraction free to avoid a worst possible case scenario. If you’re the driver, expect everything, pay attention and put away the distraction to avoid hitting someone.”

Looking at fatal and injury crashes caused by a pedestrian being in a roadway where not permitted, the to five counties included (from highest to lowest):

  1. Adams County

  2. Jefferson County

  3. El Paso County

  4. Arapahoe County

  5. Boulder County

Narrowing further, the data over this same time period found that the top five roadways for fatal and injury crashes caused by a pedestrian being in a roadway where not permitted included (from highest to lowest)

  1. I-25

  2. I-70

  3. H287

  4. H6

  5. Tied: H50 and H285