Kids Asking City Hall for Safer Streets
As many pedestrian killed in Milwaukee in first 6 months of 2017 as in all of 2017
Kids and parents will be delivering over 250 Street Safety postcards and Bike/Walk District Reports to the Alders in City Hall for a Kidical Lobby Day on Thursday, June 29 at 9:45 AM – 11 AM. Families will meet at Red Arrow Park at 9:45 and head to City Hall at 10am to deliver advocacy messages to each Alder and then enjoy celebratory ice cream cones outside of City Hall (Market side). Kids and many city residents want to be able to walk across, bike in, and feel safe in our streets. In Milwaukee, thirteen people have been killed while walking in half of the year with 14 being killed in all of last year. We have a pedestrian safety problem and it’s getting worse. Our streets are not safe enough and kids are getting active to make streets safer for all.
Kids and families are invited to join Kidical Lobby Day. If you don’t have kids or can’t make it, fill out a postcard at the Bike Fed office or a virtual one here before Thursday and get involved in all the adult focused advocacy work we do! Thursday is about empowering kids and reminding our representatives that streets need to serve the needs of our youngest residents as well. Together, we can have fun, make a difference, and make Milwaukee a better place where neighbors can walk and bike easily and better know each other.
According to another report, Dangerous by Design, the city of Milwaukee has 10.4 percent of Wisconsin’s population but 29.1 percent of pedestrian crashes in the state. Further, people of color in Wisconsin are almost twice as likely to be a victim of a crash while crossing the street, the 10th highest disparity in the United States. The failure of people driving to yield to those walking is a major contributor: “28% [of pedestrian fatalities in Wisconsin between 2011-2013] involved a driver not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.” In Wisconsin, people walking in marked and unmarked crosswalks have the right of way. All people driving should look for and yield to pedestrians; and avoid distractions.
“Everyone walks and deserves to do so without the threat of injury and death and we owe safe streets to our kids so they can be independent and explore the great city of Milwaukee. I urge every driver to follow the law look for and yield to people biking and walking at crosswalks, both marked and unmarked, we can not keep killing each other” says Jessica Wineberg, MilWALKee Walks coordinator.
MilWALkee Walks is a community coalition that has met with Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn to discuss how to decrease crashes. MPD is working in partnership with MilWALKee Walks and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on increasing enforcement of the crosswalk law in an equitable way.
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