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In the wake of four pedestrian deaths, area non-profit takes action

Cities across the country and throughout California are taking action to explore and invest in alternative modes of transportation. Taking steps to ensure that city residents aren’t 100 percent reliant on motor vehicles for transportation is not only important from an economic standpoint, but also helps reduce pollution and makes for more livable communities.

Cities like San Diego have taken steps to plan and invest in the promotion of alternative modes of transportation including biking and walking. Unfortunately, efforts to promote pedestrian safety continue to lag behind needs as four people have lost their lives in pedestrian accidents since Jan. 1.

The most recent fatal accident occurred in City Heights at the intersection of University Ave. and 47th Street when a man was hit and killed while attempting to cross the street. According to statistics, 10 percent of San Diego pedestrian accidents occur along a six-mile portion of University Ave., a clear indication that more must be done to improve safety for walkers in the area.

In response to these tragic deaths, the nonprofit group Circulate San Diego recently kicked off a campaign called Vision Zero. As part of the campaign, the group recently submitted official requests to city politicians for "street improvements along five key corridors," which are among the most dangerous in the city. The group contends that, with these safety improvements, pedestrian deaths can be eliminated by the year 2025.

Individuals who have been injured in a pedestrian accident often suffer serious injuries that are not only painful, but also result in debilitating injuries or even death. In cases where a driver's negligent acts contributed to a pedestrian's injuries, he or she may choose to take legal action.

Source: Circulate San Diego, "Vision Zero in the News," Feb. 12, 2015

Fox 5, "University Ave. Deemed Most Dangerous Street in San Diego," Sharon Chen, Feb. 3, 2015

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