Complete Streets Advisory Board asking to accelerate guidelines in city council

- The Phoenix City Council tackled a dangerous problem on how to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents.

Just last week, 21-year-old GCU student Tyler White was hit and killed while jogging. Police are still looking for the driver.

"I think that if 5 of the 10 deaths that happened in March weren't in the city of Phoenix, I think if two people hadn't died last week from pedestrian collisions in the city of Phoenix, we might not be getting the same attention that we are getting now, but this is a fact," said a speaker.

Members of the Complete Streets Coalition are urging councilmembers to adopt the "Complete Streets Guidelines" to make streets safer for pedestrians, as well as to accelerate the process. 

"We want to make sure to prioritize our roadways, not just for cars, but for walks and bicyclists and all those different community groups," said Adrienne Udarbe, the Executive Director of Pinnacle Prevention.

A couple of elements provided in the guidelines are sidewalks, reducing the rate of traffic, shade structures and trees, as well as lighting at night.

Udarbe says it's time to take action now.

"Everyday that goes by where we are not doing something about it is potentially another death that should not be happening in our streets," Udarbe said.

Deputy City Manger Mario Paniagua discussed examining all pedestrian fatalities that have occurred.

"Look at where we can make some changes to engineering. Take a look at where we can enhance and improve our education and awareness to the community," Paniagua said.

Assistant Police Chief Jim Burgett says they will start enforcement and education programs.

"Just educate people the time, space perception when you're crossing the road, so we want to make sure everyone is aware of that," Burgett said.

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