For people who walk in Phoenix, life is cheap.
In the first week of March alone, drivers stuck and killed 10 people walking on Phoenix streets. A 2014 complete streets ordinance hasn’t made much of an impact in a city that consistently rates as one of the most dangerous places in America for walking. Drivers have killed about 300 pedestrians since the law was passed.
Just this Sunday, two lives were lost. “We just had two more pedestrians die yesterday in Phoenix,” said Sean Sweat, who serves on the city’s Compete Streets Advisory Board. “It’s constant.”
But the city’s Street Transportation Department is in no hurry to act. Ever since the ordinance was passed, the agency has delayed accepting new street design guidelines developed by the advisory board, based on best practices from around the country.
In addition to the human toll, the cost of inaction is adding up for the