On January 7th, 2016, a person (possibly out for a run) around 11PM was hit and seriously injured while crossing at Chestnut Hill Ave and Winship Street. The Vision Zero Task Force visited the crash location on January 14th to make recommendations for any short and long term changes to the area that could improve safety.
Date of Crash
Date of Site Visit
Chestnut Hill Ave and Winship St, Brighton
UniversalHub - "Jogger injured in Brighton crash"
NECN - "Pedestrian seriously injured after being struck by car"
Present at Site Visit
Boston Transportation Department - Planning
Boston Public Health Commission
Photos from Site Visit
This is a very wide intersection - the road is currently designed to allow a person driving north on Chestnut Hill Ave to go straight onto Winship St, or bear left to continue on Chestnut Hill Ave toward Washington Street without slowing down or signaling. As a result, turn signals are rarely used to turn onto Winship St. Additionally, there is no crosswalk across Winship Street, which is the desire line for people continuing to walk along Chestnut Hill Ave.
- Create a bump out with paint and flex posts to tighten the turning radius onto Winship. This will slow vehicles turning onto Winship & give an indication to the driver that he/she should signal when going from Chestnut Hill Ave onto Winship Street.
- Bump out will have added benefit of shortening crossing distance. Paint a crosswalk across Winship Street to the pedestrian island and bus stops to follow desire line of people walking along Chestnut Hill Ave.
- Make bump out changes permanent; consider creating a pocket park or adding green space to formalize the spot as a space for people like Irving St in Cambridge.
As of 6/10/16, no changes have been made. Please send us photos/comments when you see changes so this page remains accurate.