MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Reckless driving threatens the safety of many people, including pedestrians. Milwaukee WALKS wants residents to help make streets safer in neighborhoods where dangerous driving is a problem.
The program, part of the Wisconsin Bike Fed, focuses on neighborhoods where they say pedestrian crash data is high.
“I think because Milwaukee is historically very crowded and over-parked, because of that, we just have a lot of traffic activity. And, for a lot of different reasons, it all needs a lot of attention,” Wisconsin Bike Fed MKE Community Program Manager says Caressa Givens.
As part of the Wisconsin Bike Fed, they hire “walking culture ambassadors”. One in each of the Sherman Park and Musekgo Way communities.
“They’re doing crosswalk action protests, asking volunteers to get out and out with picket signs and just be on the streets, and also be on the streets all the time,” Givens said.
Using crash data from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Transportation Information Center, the Bike Fed has reported more than 400 pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries in Milwaukee since 2017.
“Whether it’s inattentive drivers coming into contact with other inattentive drivers. It can also be unseen pedestrians, rushing down the road. It can also be just children crossing the road. street and people who don’t pay attention to them,” she said.
In the community of Sherman Park, residents say intersections along Sherman Boulevard near the park are often dangerous.
“We have several hotspots in Sherman Park where the Traffic Safety Unit has identified speeding, so this is an opportunity for our residents to have a safe passage to the park,” said Mabel Lamb, Executive Director of the Sherman Park Community Association.
To learn more about Milwaukee WALKS and how to sign up to become a Pedestrian Safety Advocate, click here.