Behind the Wheel
Lauren's Guide to Sharing the Road: Pedestrians EditionNovember 12, 2014
I know many people that are afraid of flying. I also know people afraid of commuting by bike. And I even know a few people who are afraid of driving. (and plenty of people who hate driving in bad conditions!)… But I have certainly never met anyone afraid of walking! Have you? Walking seems like the simplest, safest mode of transportation out there, so it makes sense that no one would fear it. Yet, perhaps we should be a little more wary of walking — especially on busy roads! I don’t want to put unnecessary paranoia into anyone, but here’s a statistic to put it all into perspective: In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in accidents with motor vehicles, for a grand total of more than 12 people per day. Fortunately, pedestrian fatalities are on the decline (unlike bicycle and motorcycle fatalities), but that could also be because less people are walking in general. And since walking is so good for your health, I think we should be going to a greater effort to make the roads safer for pedestrians! There are plenty of things drivers can be doing to avoid pedestrian accidents. Here are some facts to get you educated!