Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Memphis Group to Host Panel on Pedestrian Safety

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 3:13 PM

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One group in Memphis wants to address the increasing danger of being a pedestrian in the city, as last year Memphis was named the ninth most dangerous metropolitan area in the country for pedestrians, according to a report done by Smart Growth America.

With over 350 pedestrians struck by cars each year in Memphis, Innovate Memphis will assist the public in understanding and addressing pedestrian safety in the city at a panel discussion on Thursday, July 6.

The "How to Share the Road" panel discussion will touch on topics such as, how to reduce traffic violence, the city's need for $1.1 billion in sidewalk repairs, as well as ways to ensure that roads are safe for all modes of transportation.

The panel will include representatives from the City of Memphis, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC), and the Memphis Center for Independent Living, as well as the founder of the Collegiate Life Investment Foundation— an organization that strives to prevent distracted driving. 

The panel discussion is an installment in the larger series by Innovate Memphis, "How to Leave Your Car at Home," which previously included discussions on commuting patterns, being more multi-modal, improving public transportation, and other commute-related topics.  

The installment, planned for 6:00 p.m. at Emerge Memphis, is open to the public, but requires registration due to limited space.

This discussion comes just a week after the MMDC launched its "vision zero" campaign, which aims to eliminate all pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the Medical District by 2020.

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