Following is an excerpt of the remarks made by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at the 2016 Summit for the Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets, in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16.
In 2009, a truck struck and killed Beverly Shelton’s grandson, Zachary, who was walking inside a marked crosswalk and accompanied by an adult. The driver had rolled through the stop sign rather than make a complete stop.
Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer travel. But our nation’s transportation system is fraying at the seams. The pride we once took in the roads, bridges, and rails built by the Greatest Generation has given way to daily frustration at the disrepair that makes it harder to get where we need to go. The recent Amtrak tragedy is yet another sign that our transportation infrastructure is not what it needs to be.
Three years ago the "Dangerous by Design" report noted that between the years 2000 and 2009 the number of vehicle-caused pedestrian deaths was equivalent to "a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month."
Throughout the year, even yesterday, my birthday, I get together with residents and leaders of communities to do something that is too rare these days: walk. And not just to walk for fun, but to help people see their streets through a new lens, one that focuses on how street design either supports or discourages active living and active transportation.
AARP New York volunteers hit the streets last week to survey hundreds of intersections for walkers safety. They were joined by local partners, elected officials and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to raise awareness of dangerous intersections and promote so-called, "Complete Streets" planning that accounts for pedestrians of all generations.
In an AdWeek article posted yesterday, the author takes a look at Americans' financial unpreparedness for retirement, especially in these tough economic times. The story reports on a study from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College called "The National Retirement Risk Index: After the Crash."
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