An Alarming Trend in Pedestrian and Bicycle Fatalities Causes Major Safety Concern
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents on Texas roadways are on the rise and have been for the past five years. A stark increase in the number of traffic deaths involving pedestrians and cyclists has prompted government agencies to study how to save lives and end the deadly streak.
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Pedestrian & Bicyclist Death Spike Triggers Year-Long Study
An increase in the number of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths in the state has ignited a year-long study into what is causing the problem and potential solutions. The Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute is responsible for examining factors that may have contributed to a startling increase in fatalities.
According to their research:
- Over the past ten years, pedestrian fatalities have risen 54%.
- Pedestrian fatalities now represent 17% of traffic-related fatalities.
- Harris County leads the state in the number of fatalities.
- One-third of all pedestrian/bicycle crashes in the state over the past five years have occurred in Houston or the surrounding areas.
- One in five traffic deaths in the state involves a pedestrian.
20 Years of Daily Roadway Deaths
Despite fewer drivers being on the road because of the pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders, Texas roadways have remained deadly. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) continues their mission to #EndtheStreak. It has been over 20 years since there was a day with zero traffic-related fatalities in the state.
According to the campaign, the state hopes to reduce the number of traffic deaths by half by 2035 and have zero deaths on Texas roads by 2050. Many of the traffic fatalities are completely preventable caused by driver inattention, speeding, and drunk driving.
Houston’s Vision Zero Plan
In order to combat this devastating reality, the city of Houston has embarked on a multi-year project to end traffic-related serious injuries and deaths by 2030. As reported by Houston Public Media, the plan calls for the construction of new sidewalks, bikeways, and a focus on pedestrian right of way at intersections and crosswalks.
Tragically, every other day someone is killed in a traffic accident in Houston. Studies conducted by the city show that nearly 60% of serious injuries and deaths related to crashes occur on just 6% of Houston roadways. 100% of traffic-related bicyclist fatalities occur on streets without bike lanes.
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