Infrastructure Design impacts pedestrians….are we surprised?????

November 11, 2015 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

A recent article in the News Journal, here in my land of Delaware, stated “Delaware is America’s Deadliest State for Pedestrians”. Believe it or not, as Bike Delaware pointed out in their blog, many comments blamed the pedestrians for being ‘stupid’.

Article here: http://www.bikede.org/2015/10/19/delaware-pedestrians/

The blog continues to discuss what we can change–the infrastructure–versus what we cannot necessarily change–human behavior. However, if we have better design of the infrastructure, won’t that potentially help create change in behaviors, prompting the outcome of safer streets and less pedestrian fatalities?

Inclusive streetscapes facilitate safe community mobility.

Here’s a progressive idea: Let’s stop asking people to conform to the design of the environment and start having the environment conform to those who use it.

Penny for your thoughts……

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