Milan’s most dangerous streets mapped

Data analysed from 9,000 traffic accidents.

Milan-based online magazine The Submarine has published an analysis of traffic accidents on Milan streets, and arrived at helpful conclusions for urban planning.

Using data provided by national statistics institute Istat, the magazine has plotted the accidents onto a map showing the most dangerous streets with red dots – a deeper red for multiple incidents.

The map shows at a glance which city streets are the scene of most accidents, starting with Piazza Napoli, the Viale Tibaldi/Via Carlo Bazzi crossroads, and Piazza Cinque Giornate. Three locations vie for fourth place: Via Modestino, Piazzale Loreto and the Zara metro station.

(Many accidents occur also on the tangenziale by-passes, but in this case the exact location can’t be plotted.)

A separate analysis of the most serious cases, involving injuries or deaths, shows that Milan has several streets which are particularly dangerous: Viale Umbria, the Solari district, the Corso Sempione-Viale Certosa-Via Gallarate and Viale Zara-Viale Fulvio Testi stretches.

What these hot spots all have in common, The Submarine points out, is that they have no “traffic calming” attributes like chicanes or raised pedestrian crossings.  And the long, wide, straight stretches of major roads tempt many drivers to exceed speed limits – as shown by the 16 per cent of accidents in which a vehicle has rolled over or knocked down traffic signals.

The 2016 data used for the study covered 8.935 traffic accidents in that year – around 24 every day on average – of which 16 per cent involved at least one pedestrian and 11 per cent at least one cyclist, and which caused 11.905 injuries and 50 deaths.