Americans of all ages want a variety of transportation options so they can remain independent, stay connected in their communities, and engage in civic and social life. Yet, too many cannot safely walk, bicycle, or take public transportation to their destinations.
The roadways in their neighborhoods often lack sidewalks, crosswalks, space for bicyclists, room for transit riders, and accommodation for persons with disabilities. Have you ever found at a busy intersection that you have to try several times before finally succeeding in crossing the street safely? Perhaps you take public transportation. Does your bus stop have a bench where an older person can sit as they wait?
Walking is the most common mode of transportation after the private vehicle. We see pedestrians every day and we may start to see more now that many New Jersey school children have lost busing service. The fact is, being a pedestrian in the Garden State can be very dangerous. Out of all the fatalities caused by traffic accidents during a given year, the national average number of those that are pedestrian fatalities is approximately 12%. In New Jersey, that number is hovering at 24%.
Two federal bills would provide a sensible solution: The Complete Streets Act and the Older Driver and Pedestrian Safety and Roadway Enhancement Act. If passed, these bills would go a long way toward ensuring safer streets and sidewalks for all of us whether we are driving or walking, whether we are young or old.
Why not call your Congressman and ask him to sponsor these bills? Let’s work together to make our state’s streets safe and convenient for all users.
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