It’s tough to be a pedestrian.
But three cities are getting grants to make walking safer. From the USA Today article:
Every two hours, on average, a pedestrian is killed. One is injured every seven minutes.
“This is not something that just happens in some other place,” David Friedman, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), said in an interview. “That’s somebody’s child, somebody’s grandchild, somebody’s grandparent.”
As more and more people choose to walk, federal transportation safety experts are trying to figure out how best to keep them safe.
On Friday, the NHTSA and the Federal Highway Administration will award grants totaling $1.6 million to Louisville, Philadelphia and New York for public education and enforcement programs designed to improve pedestrian safety.
The hope is that programs developed in those cities will eventually serve as models for other cities, Friedman said.
While the article almost certainly does not mention all the strategies under consideration, the ones mentioned seem to me to be more of the same ol’ same ol’. In other words: More pasting of stuff onto a car-centric system. Examples: pedestrian education, designated safe walking routes, better enforcement of crosswalk laws, police training, and social media alerts about dangerous areas.
It is the system itself — the car-centricity — that’s the problem. It’s the culture that believes that streets are for cars, not people, that’s the problem.
We have to be willing, as a culture, to inconvenience motorists more.