A preventable tragedy.

Posted by admin
Jun 09 2006

Here is an example for our need for a strong social infrastructure.

Pedestrian killed by truck in Coon Rapids (Minneapolis Star-Tribune):

An 80-year-old woman was killed Thursday night when she was struck by a pickup truck while walking across a street in Coon Rapids.

The Coon Rapids woman, whose name has not been released, was crossing Hanson Blvd. near its intersection with 121st Avenue NW. about 8:50 p.m., said Deputy Police Chief Tim Snell.

She was hit by a northbound truck driven by a 44-year-old Coon Rapids man, Snell said.

The accident is under investigation.

I have lived in Coon Rapids some years ago. One serious problem I noted back then was the lack of sidewalks on many residential streets and the general lack of pedestrian friendliness throughout most of the city. This isn’t exclusive to this Minneapolis suburb, though. Many suburbs of Chicago, St. Louis, and the area in and around Fort Myers, Florida also suffer from this lack of conscientious civic planning, preferring to give lip-service to the notion of pedestrians possessing a right-of-way while giving automobile drivers the sense that they are the top of the transportation food chain.
As our nation grows older, we will find an increasing need to make our cities easier for pedestrians to safely navigate. That requires electing local, state, and federal politicians who are willing to stake out these positions and others that thoughtfully and equitably improve the quality of life for all Americans.

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