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Walking is good for us - so why isn't it safer? Ped deaths analyzed: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning

Walking is good for us - so why isn't it safer? Ped deaths analyzed: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning

“After a long bus trip with her three young children in April 2010, Raquel Nelson did what other bus passengers did that day, and had done so many days before: She attempted to cross the road from the bus stop, which is directly opposite her apartment complex, rather than walk a third of a mile to a traffic light, cross five lanes and walk a third of a mile back, lugging tired children and groceries. “The family walked without incident to the three-foot median in the road. As they waited on the median for a break in traffic, Nelson’s son A.J. followed other adults who crossed ahead of them. He was hit by a motorist who fled and later admitted to having been drinking and taking painkillers. The driver spent six months in jail and is serving the remainder of his five-year sentence on probation. Nelson was sentenced last week to 12 months’ probation, fines and community servi...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/walking_is_go...

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