Duluth honored for pedestrian safety efforts

December 16, 2011 by  

Walking the streets of Duluth will likely be safer not to mention more attractive for residents and visitors now that the Davenport Road Project is complete. The city of more than 26,000 was recently presented with a Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Award for its efforts to make the city more pedestrian-friendly.

Repaving, new sidewalks, and adding a curb were among the highlights of the 2,400 linear feet of improvements along Davenport road. The upgrade starts near the entrance of the Windsor Gate subdivision and goes on beyond Bromley Row/Delma Court.

Banner printing may have been in order during a recent ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Davenport project. City officials say the undertaking will make traveling on foot to downtown Duluth a more pleasant and safe journey. The new sidewalks connect to walkways that find their way to Buford Highway. Pedestrian crosswalks on side streets also have a fresh coat of paint.

Keeping pedestrians safe is a serious issue in the U.S. In 2007 an estimated 4,800 pedestrians were killed in traffic mishaps, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 118,000 pedestrians were injured. People who get around on foot and in wheelchairs can be practically defenseless in certain traffic situations.

Following a few safety tips can help keep pedestrians safe. Refrain from jaywalking and always cross the street at a designated crosswalk, and always adhering to the “don’t walk” sign may all lower the risk of pedestrian injury or death, according to the CDC. Wearing reflective clothing and carrying a flash light can help make you more visible to motorists.