Pedestrian Fatalities

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Atlanta police are cracking down on scooters after at least one death and hundreds of injuries. It's illegal to ride them on sidewalks or to violate other traffic laws while riding.

The focus might be shifting to electric powered two-wheelers, but collisions involving traditional bikes, cars and pedestrians are on the rise across the U.S. and in Georgia. The Atlanta Regional Commision reports a 53% jump in such accidents between 2006 and 2015. The number of related serious injuries or fatalities went up by 26% in that time.

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Collisions that involve cars, pedestrians and bicycles are on the rise across the U.S., including in Georgia. The Atlanta Regional Commission reported a 53 percent jump in such collisions in metro Atlanta between 2006 and 2015. The number of serious injuries or fatalities from these collisions over that time went up by 26 percent.


Thomas Wheatley is articles editor for Atlanta Magazine and recently wrote an article covering the issue of rising bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in Atlanta. He joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the causes of increased collisions — and efforts to reduce them.



Georgia Roads Are Not Friendly To Pedestrians

Jun 26, 2017
Transportation for America / Foter

Walking might be good for your health, but maybe not so good for your safety. Last year, 236 pedestrians were killed in Georgia. That’s a 40 percent increase in just two years. We discuss this with Sally Flocks, President and CEO of PEDS, which advocates for pedestrian safety in Georgia.

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Macon-Bibb County officials meet later this month to discuss why the rate of pedestrian fatalities is so high in the city. It’s either the most deadly or close to the most deadly county in the state for walkers, depending on how you count it. Chris Tsavatewa of the Macon-Bibb Board of Health tells us why he's made pedestrian safety a top issue.

Macon-Bibb Country officials meet this month to discuss why there are so many pedestrian fatalities in the area. The Georgia Department of Public Health found the county has the second highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the state. We speak with Macon-Bibb Board of Health member Chris Tsavatewa about what needs to be done to decrease the number of deaths. Then, we talk with Angie Schmitt, editor of Streetsblog USA, about how pedestrian fatalities look across the country.