Check out the map of pedestrian fatalities at Smart Growth America. Here’s a screen shot drilled down to Springfield:
There’s nothing surprising here. Pedestrians tend to take the hits on arterials with high volumes of traffic and higher speeds.
The city has been building and improving sidewalks all over town. That’s a good thing. The problem, as I see it however, is not a matter of sidewalks but a matter of priority. Motorists and their machines are the primary consideration of our traffic designs. Gotta keep ‘em rolling at speed because anything else is just unthinkable. You just won’t hear any solutions that include making motoring more difficult or inconvenient.