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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT: Ya-Ting Liu, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
P: 212-268-7474 / yating@tstc.org


National Report Shows 1 in 8 Traffic Deaths in Connecticut Are Pedestrians
People of Color and Seniors More Likely to Be Killed While Walking
Advocates Call on State Legislature to Pass Vulnerable User Law

A new national report by Transportation for America examines the alarming number of Connecticut residents killed while walking over a ten year period from 2000-2009. Dangerous by Design 2011: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths (and Making Great Neighborhoods) finds that one of the biggest contributors to pedestrian fatalities is the way streets are designed. An overwhelming proportion of pedestrian deaths occurred along “arterial” roads, multilane roads through populated areas designed for speeding cars with little or no consideration for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles. These deaths, from the simple act of walking, are preventable with safer street design that incorporate traffic calming, road diets, complete streets policies and Safe Routes to School programs.

Among key findings of the report include:

Advocates said these deaths are preventable if the state changes transportation policies and funding practices. According to the report, state DOTs nationwide have largely failed to prioritize pedestrian safety investments, allocating only 1.5% of available federal funds to projects that retrofit dangerous roads or create safe alternatives.

“While Connecticut has made great strides over the past year towards promoting a more pedestrian-friendly environment much more remains to be done,” said Ryan Lynch, Connecticut Coordinator for Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a regional policy watchdog.  “The General Assembly must jumpstart discussions on a statewide Vulnerable User law and ConnDOT should create additional pedestrian safety programs, like a Safe Routes to Transit program that will improve connectivity and encourage transit use.”

The advocates called on Governor Malloy, Connecticut State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Redeker, and State Legislators to:

“With high gas prices more people will want to use transit. In many places, unsafe or poor pedestrian accommodations is a barrier to using transit,” said Ron Kilcoyne, general manager of Greater Bridgeport Transit.

The full report is available here.

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