According to the Sacramento Bee, last year a whopping 155 pedestrians and bicyclists were injured in Sacramento and an additional four were killed due to poorly designed streets. Theses streets are more than just poorly designed, they are solely designed for cars. How many people need to be injured or must die before Sacramento commits to upgrading its streets and make them worthy of safe pedestrians?
On January 19, 2012, 16-year-old Michelle Murigi was hit by a car at the corner of 58th and Fruitridge. She died the next day.
58th and Fruitridge has been identified as an ex extremely dangerous intersection for pedestrians for quite some time, and yet nothing has been done. For over a decade, this crosswalk has been on the list of intersections that need reconstruction due to its hazards. Unfortunately, Sacramento can only afford to install one light pole a year. The most recently installed light is located in Greenhaven.
The anniversary of Michelle’s death passed only a few months ago, and while so much as been done to try and get a light at the crosswalk, no physical progress has been made.
The Sacramento Bee also reported that our local pedestrian death and injury rate is ranked number seven in the entire state. With all the progress our society has made one would think that we would at least have established pedestrian friendly roads. The fact remains that walking in Sacramento is quite a risk.
According to Walk Sacramento’s Terry Preston the problem with our streets have a very simple explanation.
“”We have a city and a region that were built mainly post-World War II with long, fast roads designed to carry cars,” Preston said. “We need to prioritize funding for pedestrian and bicycle travel improvements.”