NASHVILLE, TN – Safety advocates are calling for added measures to protect pedestrians in Nashville after deaths have risen to a record high this year, News Channel 5 reports.
The advocacy group Walk Bike Nashville says 34 pedestrians have already been killed in Nashville in 2020 compared to 30 in all of 2019, the previous record high. Among the most recent cases involved a man killed while crossing the intersection at Old Hickory Boulevard, which the group has called one of the city’s most dangerous streets.
Lindsey Ganson of Walk Bike Nashville told News Channel 5 the group favors a number of added steps to enhance pedestrian safety, including adding crosswalks and narrowing traffic lanes to encourage motorists to drive more slowly. “These deaths really are preventable, we can stop people from being killed while walking,” Ganson was quoted as saying.
She added that certain streets have been especially dangerous for pedestrians recently, including Charlotte Pike, Murfreesboro Road, Gallatin Pike and Nolensville Road.
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