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Pedestrian Deaths Are Rising. What Can The City Do?



One year into Chicago’s Vision Zero pedestrian safety program, the results are a mixed bag.


The city has implemented 90 pedestrian infrastructure improvements — things like new bike lanes, electronic speed limit signs, and so-called “bumpouts,” which shorten crosswalks by blocking car from turning   


But as the Chicago Tribune reports, pedestrian deaths are up 31 percent in the first five months of this year. That’s compared to the average during those months from 2012 to 2016.


So, what does that look like on the ground? Twenty-one people have been struck and killed by vehicles in Chicago so far in 2018.


Morning Shift discusses the work the city is doing to address this growing problem and that challenges it faces in bringing the numbers down with Chicago Department of transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld.




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