Bike Walk CT's Executive Director, Kelly Kennedy, was quoted in TriState Transportation Campaign's news release today reporting that Connecticut people aged 60 years and older suffer disproportionately high pedestrian fatality rates.
TriState's new report, Older Pedestrians at Risk: A Ten Year Survey and Look
Ahead, found that 123 pedestrians aged 60 years and older were killed on Connecticut roads from 2003 through 2012. Though comprising only 19 percent of the State’s population, this age group accounted for 35 percent of the total pedestrian fatalities in these 10 years.
“Connecticut’s complete streets law requires municipalities to consider all users in road design and maintenance projects, but few are,” said Kelly Kennedy, Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut. “Cities, towns and counties across the state must be proactive in ensuring that road and bridge projects include pedestrian and bicyclist components like sidewalks and bike lanes,” she added.
Tri-State recommends that:
Read the TriState Press Release. Read the full TriState report.
City of New Haven Transit Chief Doug Hasusladden issued a plan to calm traffic at some of the city's most dangerous intersections.
According to an article in the New Haven Independent, Hasusladden came up with some new traffic calming ideas, such as flower baskets on sides of streets, which he said will narrow the road and encourage drivers to slow down. Additionally, bumpouts are planned to be placed on Clinton Avenue, Cleveland Road and Hall Street. Speed humps are planned to be placed on Hallock Street.
Connecticut News 12 reports that Stamford police and city officials met on Wednesday to discuss how to make the city safer for pedestrians.
Ideas that were discussed during the meeting included promoting pedestrian safety education in Stamford schools and increasing tickets for drivers who do not give pedestrians the right of way and jaywalkers.
Read the full story here.
WTNH 8 reports that Whitney Avenue will close at Audubon Street in New Haven from July 21 to 24. The closure is for traffic-calming improvements, including a crosswalk, a curb extension and intersection markings.
The closing starts at 7 p.m. July 21 and will end at 4 p.m. on July 24.
The city is making the changes to reduce vehicle speeds at the intersection and make it safer for pedestrians.
The full list of detours due to the closure are here.
A public meeting will be held in South Windsor on Friday, June 27 at 8 a.m. to discuss the development of South Windsor Center.
According to the town, the Planning & Zoning Commission is looking for ways to encourage the evolution of the Town Center into a walkable, pedestrian-friendly place with a variety of uses.
The meeting will be held at the Council Chambers of the South Windsor Town Hall. The public is invited to join in the discussion. For more information, visit southwindsor.org.
The Norwalk Bike/Walk Task Force will be working to make streets in sidewalks safer throughout the city.
According to The Hour, Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling announced the formation of the task force last week.
The task force will look into creating safer routes for citizens to get to school, work and shopping places. The group will also work to implement plans and studies that are already in place in Norwalk.
Read the full article here.
The CT Department of Motor Vehicles will hold a public information meeting on Monday, May 12 to discuss options for a bicycle/pedestrian crossing at Flower Street in Hartford as part of the CTfastrak bus rapid transit project.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Lyceum Resource and Conference Center, 227 Lawrence Street in Hartford.
Residents, business owners and other interested parties are encouraged to attend, compare project options, and to share their preferences.
Business and property owners, residents and town officials attended a walking tour in Collinsville on April 1. According to the Hartford Courant, the purpose of the "tour" was to discuss making Collinsville more accessible for cyclists and discuss where improvements could be made.
Suggestions included finding ways to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the intersection of Main and Bridge Streets. Another idea was making it safer for cyclists to turn left off Route 179 onto River Street. Business owners said they would like to focus on sidewalks.
Read the full article here.
The Middletown Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously last week to adopt the Complete Streets Master Plan as part of the city's Plan of Conservation and Development.
According to an article in the Hartford Courant, recommendations in the plan including the addition of bicycle lanes, developing trails and making areas near schools safer for pedestrians.
Read the full article in the Courant here.
Hamlethub reports that the City of Norwalk has proposed a project that will add ADA compliant sidewalks and curb ramps on Highland Ave. from Witch Ln. to Knollwood Rd. Additionally, pedestrian crossing beacons will be installed on Highland Ave. at Roton Middle School and at Knollwood Rd.
The city will hold an informational meeting on the project on March 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Roton Middle School, 201 Highland Ave., Norwalk.
Click here to read the full article in the HamletHub.
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