400 Preventable Deaths Each Year

From the Transporation for America people:

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Poorly designed roads like the one below cause hundreds of pedestrian deaths every month.

The Complete Streets Act would change the landscape and save lives.

Tell your lawmakers to support safer streets TODAY.

It’s unfathomable, really. 400 people are killed in America every single month, just crossing the street, walking from A to B, or riding their bike through town.

That’s like two school-buses filled with kids disappearing every single week.

The worst part is that many of these deaths are preventable. We need to start building roads in a way that works for everyone who uses them – motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and those with limited mobility.

Tell your lawmakers to get behind safer streets TODAY.

With the help of activists like you over the last month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is now making pedestrian safety a priority, but if legislators on Capitol Hill don’t join the effort, we won’t see the change we need to save lives.

There’s a proposal in Congress that would make safer streets the standard – it’s called the Complete Streets Act – but it won’t go anywhere until more representatives and senators signal their support.

Too many in Congress have yet to take a stand on this life-or-death issue – it’s time to demand safer streets from our leaders in Washington.

Tell your lawmakers to get vocal in support of the Complete Streets Act of 2009.

One-third of Americans either can’t drive or choose not to. Yet, most communities around the country are laced with roads that are inhospitable, at best, to people traveling by foot. Children, older Americans, and minorities are especially at risk.

The desperate need for safe, “complete streets” in our communities is abundantly clear. Please don’t miss this opportunity to help stop these preventable deaths. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Ilana Preuss
National Outreach Director
Transportation for America

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2 Responses to 400 Preventable Deaths Each Year

  1. bloglily says:

    I’m glad you raised this – my kids use their bikes and public transportation a lot (and, increasingly, so do I) and we need to be sure they’re safe.

  2. Digital Dame says:

    Hi Lily!

    Have the kids be sure to make eye contact with drivers at corners before trying to cross. We can’t seem to get drivers to pay attention behind the wheel so it falls to the cyclists and pedestrians to go the extra distance (sometimes literally) to ensure their own safety.

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