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Pedestrian Fatalities, Tunnel History, and Fishing in Houston & Galveston: Houston Matters for Wed., March 12, 2014

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, we’ll talk with the report’s 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 we’ll […]

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, we’ll talk with the report’s 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 we’ll 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 driving and walking. We’ll 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: We’ll learn how and why Houston’s downtown tunnels were first developed as we talk with Sandra Lord, owner of Houston Urban Adventures and Discover Houston Tours. She’s been giving tours of the downtown tunnels for more than 20 years.

Plus: Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin meets up with a fishing guide on the Bolivar Peninsula to learn more about the fishing scene here.

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