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Tell Congress: Pass a binding, federal Complete Streets policy

Simply walking down the street shouldn't cost you your life, but for 49,340 people over the last decade, it did. A lack of action to save the most vulnerable lives on our streets means this problem isn’t getting better.

According to Dangerous by Design 2019, it’s getting worse.

Since the last iteration of the report two years ago, four out of five states and major metro areas have gotten more dangerous for people walking. 2016 and 2017 were the most deadly years for pedestrians in nearly three decades. And states keep setting “goals” for pedestrian fatalities that allow for more carnage, not less. It’s time for the federal government to lead.

This year, Congress will start work on a long-term federal transportation spending bill (the current law expires in 2020). Now is the perfect time for Congress to make a strong statement about the need to design for all road users by passing a strong, binding Complete Streets policy at the federal level.

No more excuses. No more status quo. It’s time to address the epidemic of pedestrian fatalities.

As this new Congress gets underway, help Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition carry a long list of names from their districts into every office we meet with during a year that is pivotal for changing federal priorities.