What Can We Learn from Emily Ackerman’s Fight with a Sidewalk Robot?
- Author: William Reckley
- Date: November 22, 2019
New technologies are being piloted on our streets at breakneck pace, but how can we ensure their implementation doesn’t put…
By Ryan Booth, Mobility Manager at Rock County Council on Aging
This article was originally published on LinkedIn by Ryan Booth.
Yesterday I had a hard time at work after hearing sad news being reported in Rock County. The morning news I heard was that a young pedestrian was hit by a motor vehicle in Janesville. A few hours later I learned that another pedestrian was struck and killed in Evansville. Two pedestrians struck by motor vehicles in Rock County in a single day is shocking. As I sit here today, I wonder how many pedestrians were struck in the month of September in Wisconsin. Lastly I ask myself, what can I do as a Mobility Manager?
Earlier this year I worked with the Janesville Police Department and Lamar Advertising to create and distribute a brochure in Rock County about “Pedestrian Right of Way” and Wisconsin’s state statutes on the topic. This brochure covers the following:
· Crossing controlled intersections or crosswalks
· Crossing at uncontrolled intersections or crosswalks
· Crossing at places other than a crosswalk
· Blind pedestrians on highways
Information on the above, and more, can be found on the Council on Aging website at http://www.co.rock.wi.us/mobilitymanagement.
In closing, I would like to share a few safe driving tips:
· Watch for pedestrians and cyclists––stop and allow pedestrians to safely cross the road, and give cyclists extra room
· Be alert and aware of your surroundings, especially when you are not familiar with the area in which you are driving
· Things we do without giving much thought to (e.g., playing the radio and conversations with passengers) can lead to distracted driving––pay attention to the road
· Avoid talking on your cell phone or texting when driving––the conversation can wait until you reach your destination
Image by John Pastor, Flickr, CC
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