We just sent the following letter to Congressman Gary Peters asking his support for continued bike and pedestrian funding and HR 1780 — the federal Complete Streets bill.
The fatality numbers for Oakland County, which Peters represents a portion of, are quite compelling. There have been reductions in road fatalities among motor vehicle operators, but far less so for pedestrians and bicyclists.
For that reason, 29% of all road fatalities in Oakland County in 2010 are now pedestrians and bicyclists. This is an increase from 25% in 2009. The national average? Only 14% in 2009.
And for 2010 Oakland County’s bike and pedestrian fatality percentage is higher than Wayne and Macomb County’s.
Clearly something needs to be done to reduce bicycle and pedestrian deaths in Oakland County. Building Complete Streets needs to be a priority.
Here is our letter to Congressman Peters:
The Honorable Gary Peters
House of Representatives
1609 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-2209
Re: Take bicyclists and pedestrian fatalities seriously
Dear Representative Peters:
As one of your constituents, I am contacting you today to let you know I think bicycling and walking need to be part of the next federal transportation bill.
From 2005 to 2010, 75 Americans were struck and killed while walking in Oakland County. In 2004, Oakland County bike and pedestrian fatalities represented less than 16% of all road fatalities. In 2010, they represent almost 29%.
Clearly this is trending in the wrong direction and it indicates that very little is being done to effectively address biking and pedestrian safety in Oakland County.
For this reason, I am also asking that you support legislation such as HR 1780, The Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011 sponsored by Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Steve LaTourette (R-OH) would do exactly that. I urge you to sign onto H.R. 1780 today.