Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Public Policy Leadership

First Advisor

Weixing (Mark) Chen

Second Advisor

Emily Lord Fransee

Third Advisor

Christian Sellar

Relational Format



Chile’s rate of road fatalities and pedestrian deaths, in particular, has remained a global outlier, even as comparable states have reduced occurrences. Santiago, one of the most urbanized cities in Latin America and Chile’s capital, serves as a unique product of competing urban design ideologies put forth by democratic and authoritarian governments throughout the 20th century, and the social and economic stratification created has continued to present challenges for solving urban planning issues in modern Santiago. Recent adjustments in traffic laws have begun a reduction in road fatalities, but they still do not account for the discrepancy between Chile and other states. This is due to the failure to address the underlying problem of urban design solely shaped to create profit which has ignored lower-income sectors of the population who rely heavily on walkability in urban areas. A comparative analysis of US pedestrian deaths in suburban arterials furthers this analysis that adjustments in traffic policy will be insufficient in impactfully lessening pedestrian deaths in Santiago, Chile to globally comparable rates.

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