The state of Minnesota recently announced that there has been a dramatic increase this year in the number of pedestrian-related fatalities, a fact highlighted by the recent death of a college student at the Grand Avenue and Hamline Avenue intersection this month.
This week the city of St. Paul is one of five Minnesota cities launching a campaign to educate pedestrians and motorists about their rights and responsibilities. Special events were held downtown Tuesday, Sept. 25, as a part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s “Share the Road” campaign, whose tagline is “pedestrian safety is a two-way street.”
Closer to St. Thomas, key intersections and street crossings can be dangerous if pedestrians do not pay attention.
Some specific safety items to consider:
Bottom line? Play it safe. Cross at the corners. Look twice before crossing. Obey all traffic signals. Save your life. If St. Paul is to be “a walkable city,” you have a responsibility to do your part.