Safety First in Streets Act

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Washington D.C -- We use America’s streets to go to work, take the kids to school, and visit family and friends. Now members of Congress are taking a closer look at the safety behind our roadways.
“As we’re rebuilding America and we have to do it let’s take these issues into consideration up front,” New York Congressman Tom Reed said.
Congressmen Reed is just one of the co-sponsors of the Safe Streets Act, a piece of bi-partisan legislation aimed at changing the way federally funded roads are planned, designed and built.
Many roads are only fit for cars, not for pedestrians or bicyclists. The Safe Streets Act requires states and Metro Planning Organizations to adopt a complete streets policy. This would accommodate all sorts of travelers, whether it is on foot, by bicycle, bus or car. This would make it easier to get from point A to point B.”
"All the potential people that are going to use a roadway system should be reached out to under the act essentially and talked to and get their input, so that we can design a roadway system that takes all of their needs into consideration and try to match them as best as possible,” Reed said.
In 2013, over 4,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes. Supporters of this bill hope Access to safe sidewalks, bike lanes, and other street features would avoid something like that from happening again.
"We want to make sure the people that design them are taking these issues into consideration up front as opposed to designing it, building it and then god forbid we have a horrific situation and have to learn the lesson that way,” Reed said.
The bill was just introduced in April. Congressman Reed said there is broad support for the bill on both sides, which he says is a good sign in getting it passed.

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