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Continued: Death comes as officials look to make streets safer for pedestrians

  • Article by: EMMA NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 15, 2014 - 11:41 AM

Interim bump-outs cost about $6,000 for a whole intersection, she said. Installing permanent bump-outs could cost up to $20,000 per corner. In the spring and summer, the city will start analyzing whether the bump-outs are improving pedestrian safety and decide if permanent ones are necessary, and where else in the city they could be installed.

More attention on the area

The issue of pedestrian safety is coming to the forefront in cities nationwide. Both New York City and San Francisco recently adopted “Vision Zero” resolutions — plans to eliminate pedestrian traffic deaths.

San Francisco is already seeing benefits from bump-outs, said Nicole Schneider, executive director of Walk San Francisco.

“If you look at an intersection that’s huge and wide and then you look at one that’s smaller and more comfortable — it’s like, are we building our streets for cars, or are we building our streets for people to walk on?” she said.

Palmisano is working on increasing safety at the intersection where Wednesday’s crash happened, in part because of the upcoming addition of the West Lake light rail station.

Abraham-Watne said he’s grateful that Palmisano and other city leaders were in the area Wednesday night, because now eyes have turned to his neighborhood.

“I hate that it would take something like this to do it,” he said.

 

Staff writer Paul Walsh contributed to this report.

Emma Nelson is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.

 

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