Lexington Center Streetscape Project
Myths and Facts
Myth: There is no point in rebuilding the Woburn St / Mass Ave intersection to make it safer for pedestrians because no one wants to walk across there anyway.
Facts: If no one wanted to cross there, there would be no one getting hit by cars there! But the fact is that there are more non-motorist crash injuries at the Woburn Street intersection than at any other intersection in Lexington.
Compare just these three intersections for the years 2002-2013:
Harrington Rd / Bedford St:
- Of the 210 crashes there, three have involved injuries to non-motorists. (1.4%)
Waltham St / Mass Ave - the Center’s only signalized intersection:
- Of the 56 crashes there, three involved injuries to non-motorists. (5.4%)
Woburn St / Mass Ave:
- Of the 80 crashes there, eight involved injuries to non-motorists. (10%)
- This intersection has a far higher injury crash rate for non-motorists than even Harrington / Bedford, which is the intersection with the most overall crashes.