Monday, March 25, 2019
BIKE/WALK KC ADVOCATES AUTO CRACKDOWN AMID DEADLY METRO PEDESTRIAN CRASH UPTICK!!!
The nicer weather brings more people out into the street and increases risks of deadly accidents betwixt cars, trucks, pedestrians and cyclists.
Accordingly, here's a bit of advocacy from locals who have grown increasingly hostile toward drivers in a fight for street space and to save lives . . . Checkit:
Bike/WalkKC: Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise -- What Do We Do?
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently released 2018 data on pedestrian traffic fatalities by state, and the numbers were sobering. Since reaching a low of 4,109 fatalities in 2009, the national total has climbed back up to 6,227. The report notes that 2018 is projected to see the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since 1990.
In Missouri, that translated to 44 pedestrian fatalities, a 5% increase from the same period in 2017. In Kansas, 16 people were killed, which represents a 33% increase.
In an interview with Streetsblog, GHSA spokesman Jonathan Adkins said, “The report is an urgent wake up call that pedestrian safety needs to be a top priority. Significant infrastructural improvements are needed as is focused-enforcement of traffic laws.”
Now here's what they want to do about it:
"Pedestrians should never be blamed for their own deaths. The City of KCMO recently updated some of its own traffic definitions to change their wording of these incidents from “accidents” to “crashes”. Policies and projects are important; how we think about and discuss these crashes are important as well.
"BikeWalkKC wants to make this clear: the narrative that crashes like these are unpredictable and unavoidable is false. How we design and build our streets determines how people of all transportation modes use them. We have the tools and knowledge to make them safer, but we currently lack the will and focus to act on it. It is convenient to dismiss these incidents as “accidents”, but we must acknowledge that our policy and infrastructure choices create the conditions that allow these tragedies to occur."
Translation . . .
BIKE/WALK KC IS PUSHING FOR MORE DRIVER CRACKDOWNS AND THEIR OWN HORRIBLY DESIGNED BIKE LANES AND PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ACROSS KCMO!!!
You decide . . .