How Do We Protect Pedestrians?

Lynn Lindgren-Schreuder is executive director of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition

Do we need better infrastructure for pedestrians? Should new infrastructure spending be primarily on roads? What do we tell the young girl whose mother died on January 7th while walking along Columbia Boulevard in an area that is dark, with no sidewalks or crosswalks?

Where is the public outrage when a pedestrian is killed? The driver was not impaired and was not charged with a crime. Pedestrians in the roadway have no legal footing. The least we can do is insure there is a safe place to walk. And make sure that infrastructure investments improve safety for everyone.

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