October 12, 2017:- In car-v.-human collisions, humans come off worst. Last year almost 6,000 people died as a result of being hit by a moving vehicle, the highest number since 1990, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pedestrians are at less risk — but not zero risk — when they use a crosswalk, and the degree of safety depends to some extent on the crosswalk’s design.
So if you like your streets walkable and safe (and that’s definitely my preference) you might be interested in the draft Crosswalk Design Standards that Amherst’s Transportation Advisory Committee is considering. The committee is holding a public meeting at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 5 in the Town Room, Town Hall.
In the meantime, to review the proposed standards, click here.