Walking in Tucson poses its own set of issues that, on the surface may not seem to be related to cycling. But many issues like distracted driving affect all vulnerable road users.
While the majority of posts on Tucson Velo will still be about cycling, expect to see more posts about pedestrians too.
With that in mind, the Arizona Daily Star post by Becky Pallack is worth a read. Here’s an excerpt:
Days since the last fatal pedestrian accident: 12. Maybe Tucson should put up one of those signs you see at construction sites.
It’s been 12 days since a person was killed while walking on a sidewalk.
Before that, Tucson also had gone 12 days without a fatal pedestrian accident. Before that, eight days.
It doesn’t take a team of safety experts to tell us our record isn’t acceptable, but Tucson’s new Pedestrian Safety Task Force is working on solutions. Here’s what it has come up with so far.
The commenters on the post seem to have the belief that pedestrians bear the sole responsibality for their safety and incorrectly suggest that all pedestrian deaths happen when someone crosses outside of a crosswalk. The comments can be eye opening, if you have the stomach for it.