A Boise Pedestrian was killed in a fatal collision with a motorist on Wednesday, April 13th 2016. The man was crossing the Street on State Street near 35th Street, just east of Veterans Memorial Parkway. According to witnesses of the scene, an eastbound car on State Street hit a man who was crossing the street on foot. According to the report, the driver of the car was uninjured. The pedestrian was rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 4,735 pedestrian fatalities in 2013, which makes pedestrians one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in total deaths. Pedestrian awareness can help educate drivers and prevent crashes. The U.S. Department of transportation has launched a Safer People, Safer Streets initiative which is focusing on creating safer bicycling and walking networks. As a part of the Safer People and Safer Streets initiative, field officers are going to be conducting road safety assessments in every state, and working with local government to improve overall road-safety. Included in this article are some helpful links on pedestrian safety facts and initiatives.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Pedestrians – This link covers the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s public service announcement about pedestrians. Links at the bottom of this website have tips for pedestrian awareness and traffic safety facts, including pedestrian death demographics.

https://www.transportation.gov/safer-people-safer-streets – This is the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website outlining the Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative. This website gives information about the initiative, as well as general trends in behavior and statistics for both bicycle and pedestrian safety.

If you have a moment in your day, take a look at these links. They are interesting from a statistical perspective, but also help outline road conditions and warning signs that are likely to increase the chance of a pedestrian accident. Whether you are a motorist, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian, if we work together to identify certain risk factors and reduce their impact, we can make the roads safer for everyone who uses them. Multi-modal transportation is an integral part of our cities, let’s work together to integrate all modes seamlessly.