Stop Pedestrian Deaths Due to Lack of Sidewalks

Target: Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans

Goal: Increase pedestrian sidewalks in non-white and poverty-stricken areas to reduce unnecessary deaths.

Pedestrian deaths are rising in poverty zones of New Orleans. Pedestrians are significantly more likely to be injured or killed in poor neighborhoods in urban America than in wealthier ones. Poor people and minorities are more likely to get around by foot, however they frequently live in spots where doing that is especially difficult.

These are neighborhoods partitioned by roadways and significant nearby streets, a result of a time when such framework undertakings were habitually directed through minority groups. These areas are additionally frequently more averse to have the fundamental base for strolling that different groups take for granted such as crosswalks, movement islands, and walkways.

To this last point, Kate Lowe, a right hand educator at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has shown in an investigation of New Orleans how racial incongruities in urban areas are reflected in assets as essential as the walkway. Lowe took the information, which measures whether walkways run persistently between transport stops and the closest crossing points, and contrasted it with neighborhood demographics. Neighborhoods with higher poverty rates were less likely to have consistent sidewalks.

“Memorable disinvestment is a piece of the ‘why,'” Lowe says. Individuals of color or people who live in poverty might have less political energy to campaign for road enhancements, or less confidence in nearby authorities to react. “I am worried that the desire for protected, sufficient base may be lower among groups where strolling is higher.”

New Orleans pedestrians are in need of road improvement for the sake of their safety. Worrying about being hit by vehicles should not be an issue in poverty stricken zones. Sign the petition below to rid New Orleans pedestrians traveling on foot of worry.


Dear Mayor Mitch Landrieu,

The mortality rate of New Orleans pedestrians is increasing due to a lack of sidewalk availability. A recent investigation of New Orleans has shown how racial incongruities crosswise over urban areas are reflected in assets as essential as the sidewalk. The investigation found that the relation was truer in non-white zones.

Inequality rises in many forms and not providing set pedestrian walkways for the lower income areas of New Orleans is causing more casualties to occur in these zones. I urge you to take action and fund a grant to improve the streets of New Orleans.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jan Kronsell

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