Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Walking as Transportation in Jeopardy

  It is really tragic that it is unsafe to walk in one’s community.  Have we really gotten to the point in our mad focus on building for our transportation infrastructure that we have set aside our responsibility for the most basic form of transportation—walking? 

Has it really gotten to the point where it is safer to get into one’s gas-guzzler to get to the convenience store around the block than walk or bike to it?  Already, we bus our kids to school many times when, years ago, they would have walked.  But, now it’s safer to pay the expense and bus them.  We are considering walking school buses to solve this issue, but shouldn’t we be redesigning our transportation infrastructure so that people come first, not our vehicles? 

On a bike? On foot? Then danger's afoot -- Page 1 -- Times Union - Albany NY A new study of dangerous intersections in upstate New York highlights eight Albany crosswalks as among the most dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists.  AARP studied intersections in five upstate New York counties, including Albany County. According to the report, between 2006 through 2008, 10 people were killed while walking or bicycling in Albany County, which is about 15 percent of all traffic fatalities there. Older people were more likely to be killed. Thirty percent of the fatal accidents involved people 60 or older, who make up some 18.5 percent of the county's population. All eight of the intersections listed in the AARP report are in the city of Albany. (May 21, 2010) Albany NY News - Times Union - Serving Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, Troy

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