A NEW FEDERAL BILL TO MAKE OUR STREETS SAFER
And see the most dangerous U.S. House districts for people walking
A handful of leaders in the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill that would finally require states and metro areas to design and build safer streets for everyone, but it will need strong and vocal support from across the country to become law.
Support this long-awaited federal Complete Streets bill—tell your senators and representative to co-sponsor the Complete Streets Act of 2019.
The Complete Streets Act of 2019 would require states to set aside money for Complete Streets projects, create a statewide program to award the money (and provide technical support), and adopt design standards that support safer, complete streets. It was introduced today by Sen. Edward Markey (MA) and Rep. Steve Cohen (TN), and co-sponsored by Senators Blumenthal (CT) and Schatz (HI), and Reps. Espaillat (NY) and Gallego (AZ).
Who represents the most dangerous districts in the country for people walking?
Today our colleagues at the National Complete Streets Coalition is also releasing an addendum to Dangerous by Design 2019 that looks at people struck and killed while walking by congressional district and provides a ranking of the 100 most dangerous U.S. House districts in the country.
Which 100 representatives should be most urgently calling the bill sponsors to immediately support the Complete Streets Act of 2019? We have the list.
View the full report and list over on the Dangerous by Design page. Click on "most dangerous districts" tab to see which districts are the most deadly.
We've spent decades designing streets solely to move cars as quickly as possible instead of prioritizing the safety of all people. The result? The number of people struck and killed by drivers while walking increased by 35 percent over the last decade. We are in the midst of an astonishing safety crisis as the United States has become an incredibly deadly place to go for a walk.
And that danger is not evenly distributed. Dangerous by Design showed how the risks are far greater for people walking in low-income communities, older adults, and people of color. This short addendum shows how 40 percent of all pedestrian fatalities from 2008-2017 occurred in just 22 percent of all congressional districts (100 of 435). More than 19,200 people were struck and killed in these 100 districts during that period.
The federal government needs to take the lead on prioritizing safer streets.
Federal dollars and policies helped create these unsafe streets in the first place, and federal funds, policies, and guidance have a significant role to play in fixing our existing streets and in designing the streets we’ll build tomorrow. That’s why we’re excited to support the Complete Streets Act of 2019—the product of more than a decade of work by Smart Growth America.
It is essential that Congress advance this bill and then incorporate it into the next long-term transportation law. While the expiration of the FAST Act isn’t until next year, policy decisions about what will and won’t be in its replacement are being made right now, with hard and fast deadlines just days and weeks away.
Send a message to your senators and representative today.