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Sharing the Road: What Changes Pedestrians Want to See to Make Houston a More Walkable City

Houston motorists often share the road with cyclists and pedestrians, but it’s not always a harmonious relationship. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, more than 480 pedestrians were killed in Texas in 2014, accounting for about 14 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the state. In Houston alone, that number rises to more […]

Houston motorists often share the road with cyclists and pedestrians, but it’s not always a harmonious relationship. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, more than 480 pedestrians were killed in Texas in 2014, accounting for about 14 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the state. In Houston alone, that number rises to more than 20 percent, according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking, based on data culled from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Over the next few days, we consider what improvements advocacy groups would like to see to make Houston safer for pedestrians and cyclists, beginning today with pedestrians.

We talk with Jay Blazek Crossley, a policy analyst from Houston Tomorrow, about what improvements should be made to make Houston a more walkable city.

But first, we hear from Rachel Fairbank of Montrose. In November of 2010, she was a graduate student at Baylor College of Medicine when she was hit by a car on her way to school. She tells us her story.

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