Pedestrian Fatality Review Board meets to make streets more walker-friendly
The city of Macon's Pedestrian Fatality Review Board met on Tuesday to discuss plans for a community safety education campaign.
The board also heard proposed ideas from the AARP on making the city safer for those taking to the streets and promoting the use of crosswalks.
David Pilgrem of AARP presented information to the board and said Macon ranks high in certain areas for pedestrians.
"Macon was recognized by the World Health Organization as being an age-friendly city," Pilgrem said. "Crosswalks are not just generally used for seniors...typically someone in a wheelchair, but it's also used for the mothers with strollers. So we're trying to recognize that, we're trying to address some of the problems that may be occurring with that that, so we can actually make Macon a better city."
"Long term efforts for...pedestrian and cyclist safety is the educational aspect," said board chairman Michael Ryan.
According to Macon-Bibb's Planning and Zoning department, pedestrian deaths seem primarily to be occurring along Gray Highway / Spring Street-near- Riverside, Pio Nono, Eisenhower Parkway, Riverside Drive, Bloomfield Road, Shurling Highway, Emery Highway, Mercer University Drive, Broadway, Vineville Avenue, Jeffersonville Road and Log Cabin.
The most recent death, the sixth in 2015, was of Christie Lynn Rogers. On November 17, 2015 Rogers was struck by a vehicle at the 1900 block of Gray Highway, near Wood Valley Road. At 6:10 a.m. Rogers was attempting to cross the road in dark conditions, while not using a crosswalk.
The board will soon present their plans and ideas to the commission's public safety committee and meet again next month. They hope their efforts will reduce pedestrian fatalities under the current conditions in Macon-Bibb County.