We all can take steps to lower serious pedestrian and motor vehicle injuries and deaths. While walking today on 68th Street, I observed about 50 percent of drivers going way over the speed limit of 35 mph, and many cars went into the designated walking path. Worst of all, one car passed the Waste Connections recycling truck over a double line despite my warning them of an oncoming car. The Clark County Sheriff’s office was notified.
What can be done to lower deaths and injuries?
1. Drivers need to obey traffic laws and speed limits and drive for conditions.
2. Walkers and bike riders should wear reflective vests.
3. Clark County and the city of Vancouver must connect sidewalks and make our streets safer for all.
Please consider ways you can advocate for walkable communities. My neighbors want to be able to walk to Hazel Dell Park instead of driving a few blocks. Funding for sidewalks in collaboration with Public Health, those advocating for seniors to be able to age in place and reducing poverty and homelessness need to unite and work together as this is a common sense measure that will improve all of the residents’ well-being.