pedestrian safety

courtesy Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission

Tippecanoe County leaders will get a look Thursday at one of the first data-driven attempts at measuring cycling and walking in the community.

The Area Plan Commission will see a map showing more than 40 sites where volunteers have measured the volume of bikes and pedestrians.

APC Assistant Director for Transportation Planning John Thomas says it’s just a first step – more sites will still be surveyed – but it’s a way to keep lawmakers skeptical of building more bike-ped infrastructure engaged in the discussion.

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A report from the Governor’s State Highway Association estimating the nation will see a 10 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities between 2014 and 2015 made waves earlier this month.

Data from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute indicates the state saw nearly twice that increase in the same time period.

Richard Retting, who works for Sam Swartz Consulting and served as the lead author of the GSHA fatality report, says one would need to go back nearly 20 years to see similar fatality numbers.

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A report from the National Complete Streets Coalition ranks Indiana 23rd worst in the country for pedestrian fatalities.  The cause, it says, is poor street design.  Too often, communities plan roads to benefit drivers without considering pedestrians or cyclists. 

AARP-Indiana State Director June Lyle says the problem disproportionately affects the elderly.  She says older Hoosiers won’t have the option of continuing to live in their homes if communities don’t start considering all road users when building new roads or upgrading existing ones.

Project to improve pedestrian safety at Purdue

Aug 23, 2013
purdue
courtesy Purdue University

A crosswalk in a high traffic area on Purdue’s campus is set to be upgraded.

Officials with the university have informed the West Lafayette Traffic Commission of plans to improve markings at the intersection of Fourth and Russell streets.

Jim Knapp is Purdue’s Senior Civil Engineer in Physical and Capital Planning. He says a number of developments in the area meant it was time to upgrade the crosswalk.