We are all a part of America’s streets whether as a driver, pedestrian, bicyclist, or just living in our homes and walking our neighborhoods, and having to go out and check our mail. But, are America’s Streets becoming Death Traps? Statistics show that driver error and high speed limits can increase the probability of pedestrian deaths, and now there is a new culprit: Poor Road Design .
In Georgia, the question has been asked: Which streets do you feel are most unsafe in your town, and how do you think your local government can help reduce pedestrian deaths? One solution is that we need more developments like the Atlanta Belt Line in Atlanta, Georgia where pedestrians and bicyclists can safely participate in the outdoors without the dangers of the street.
From 2003 to 2012, more than 47,000 people, many of them children, were hit and killed while walking outdoors, and an estimated 676,000 were injured. These are just some of the scary statistics outlined in a new report called “Dangerous by Design,” conducted by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition, a group that advocates for better neighborhood planning.
We also discuss these disturbing statistics on our website under Pedestrian and Bicycle Injuries and how we can all use better safety practices as drivers and pedestrians to make our roads safer for Everyone.
Alissa Walker, of Gizmodo, writes in a recent article that our streets, “are enabling our vehicles to become death machines.” “The problem in this country is that our streets have historically been designed for speed, to help cars go as fast as possible,” Walker says. Gizmodo further lists the least crossable streets in the United States. Is yours one of them? You may read more information by visiting Gizmodo for the full article “How Bad Street Design Kills Pedestrians.”