Supporting Safer Complete Streets
When the City adopted the Complete Streets Project Delivery Manual, it made a statement about the value of protecting all human life in the public right of way. It identified streets designed for the safety of all users as a matter of not only public safety, but equity, access to opportunity, economic development, public health, and an investment in the livability of our city.
Memphis’ streets consistently rank as the most dangerous in the state and in the top ten most dangerous in the nation for people who walk. In 2016, Memphis reported the highest incidence of pedestrians affected by traffic crashes anywhere in the state over the last decade, and the share of pedestrian fatalities among all traffic deaths has grown.
It’s not just about safety - it's about equity. Non-white individuals, the elderly, and youth aged 10 to 19 are over-represented in pedestrian crashes. Streets designed for all modes of travel--streets that include protected bike lanes and narrower distances between sidewalks--reduce the number of traffic crashes, severity of crashes, loss of life, and loss of property.
Bike Walk Memphis calls on our city’s leaders to value the safety of all Memphians.
We support streets that value the lives of all road users, whether on foot, on a bike, or in a motor vehicle.
We support infrastructure that allows equitable access to opportunities and to our greatest public assets.
We support street designs that benefit local businesses, ease movement of our workforce, and promote return on City investments.
We know that walking and biking are an important part of our transportation system.
We join with businesses, non-profits, neighborhood groups, and private citizens across the city to support Complete and Safe Streets
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