March 29, 2019
"Amos was a good person. He was really kindhearted."
Walking between traffic cones and the curb of a five-lane highway, Harris had been out after dark, searching for his nephew, when he crossed Riverview Road at a blinking light. "He came down and crossed here and was hit."
His body was thrown 100 feet.
6,227 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in 2018, according to NPR, more than any year in the past 30.
In addition to unfriendly infrastructure designed for motor vehicles instead of the people, unsafe driving behaviors, specifically cell phone use, and the increased presence of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are to blame, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
According to the report:
"A number of trends offer insight into the many causes behind the rise in pedestrian fatalities:
Trends such as those cited above are why GObike Buffalo advocates for complete streets, streets designed for ALL users, including those who walk, bike, or use transit. We believe safe and comfortable transportation options for those who cannot afford or are unable to drive a motor vehicle is a basic human right which should not continue to be overlooked in street design.