A new report indicates pedestrian fatalities have decreased nationwide after a three-year spike. But not here in Texas. On this edition of Houston Matters, weâll talk with the reportâs author, transportation researcher Dr. Allan Williams, the former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about the particulars of what he found.
Then weâll discuss the implications of the report, and concerns about what may lead to pedestrian accidents in Greater Houston, from a lack of sidewalks to distracted drivingÂ and walking. Weâll welcome your thoughts as well, as we speak with Houston Police Department Traffic Enforcement Division Captain Larry Baimbridge, Kara Kockelman, a Professor of Transportation Engineering at UT-Austin, and News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail DeLaughter.
Also this hour: Weâll learn how and why Houstonâs downtown tunnels were first developed as we talk with Sandra Lord, owner of Houston Urban Adventures and Discover Houston Tours. Sheâs been giving tours of the downtown tunnels for more than 20 years.
Plus: Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin meets up withÂ a fishing guide on the Bolivar Peninsula to learn more about the fishing scene here.