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Dangerous by Design: Transportation Officials Discuss What’s Wrong With Arterials
Despite many fewer cars on the road during the pandemic, pedestrian fatalities increased 5% in 2020, and are projected to shoot up another 11% in 2021. And, over the last ten years, more than 55,000 (disproportionately poor, Black, and brown) Americans have been killed while walking.

According to Smart Growth America’s recently published Dangerous by Design, the majority of these deaths are occurring on one specific roadway type. While “non-Interstate arterials” make up a small fraction of the nation’s transportation network, they are responsible for 60% of the pedestrian deaths. We can make tremendous progress in addressing this problem if we understand the design parameters that make arterials so dangerous, and start correcting them.

Dangerous by Design also reports that seven of the ten most deadly metro areas are in just two states – Florida and California. Therefore, we have invited senior transportation officials from these states, both of whom have experience working to change the system from the inside, and the lead author of Dangerous by Design, to discuss what’s wrong with arterials and how to rebuild them to save lives!

We will be joined by panelists Toks Omishakin, Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and an America Walks Board Member, Billy Hattaway, former Director of Transportation for City of Orlando, Florida and Beth Osborne, Vice President of Transportation and Thriving Communities for Smart Growth America, and lead author of Dangerous by Design.

Sep 22, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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