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Fort Worth Drivers Should Increase Awareness of Bicycles and Pedestrians

Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Apr 02, 2014 in Auto Accidents

Fort Worth can be a dangerous place for pedestrians and bicyclists.  According to a recent study by the National Alliance for Biking and Walking, Texas ranks 43rd in terms of bike and pedestrian safety.  The same study looked at the rate of cyclist and pedestrian fatalities in large cities, and found Fort Worth to be the most dangerous of 51 major cities examined. 

Mindful of these statistics, Fort Worth is attempting to make the city safer for all residents. The Near Southside neighborhood has adopted the Complete Streets model of transportation infrastructure design encouraged by the proposed Safe Streets Act of 2014.

Revamping Fort Worth's Neighborhoods

The Near South-sides renovation started with Magnolia Avenue, and is continuing to expand. The redesign is focused on making travel safe for everyone in a neighborhood, regardless of the mode of transportation. The streets were widened, bike lanes added, and lanes repainted to clearly distinguish where each type of traveler should be.

The neighborhood has taken advantage of the improved walk-ability of the roadway, and more pedestrians and cyclists are using the newly redesigned areas of Magnolia Avenue. Neighborhood residents say the only part that hasn't improved is motorists awareness of the increased foot and bike traffic.

Fort Worth South, Inc., a neighborhood revitalization group, has been pushing for additional pedestrian crossing signs and lower speed limits along the avenue to remind motorists to slow down and be aware of other travelers. Paul Pain, the president of Fort Worth South, Inc., also posted a message to the groups Facebook page reminding all users of the street to be mindful of and courteous to pedestrians and bicyclists sharing the road. 

More Complete Streets Projects Coming

Fort Worth South Inc. recently received approval from its board of directors to pursue an additional Complete Streets project later this year along Evans Avenue and Broadway Avenue. These projects will work on reducing travel lanes and speeds, incorporating bicycle lanes, and adding on-street parking.

As more people take advantage of the increased ease of mobility along Fort Worth's street, motorists will need to train themselves to be more aware of cyclists and pedestrians to avoid accidents. By being respectful of all types of transportation in the city, motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists can keep each other safe.

If you have been injured an auto accident, contact the Texas attorneys at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings . Call 877-920-9009 to set up your free appointment today!