The people of Cincinnati are facing a public safety crisis of immense proportions. Since 2013, crashes involving pedestrians are up nearly 50%. Thirty-six pedestrians have been killed in that time.
During 2018, in the city of Cincinnati alone, more than one person a day was struck by a car. As a candidate for Cincinnati City Council in 2017 and crisscrossing our city, I heard a consistent message from residents everywhere. We want safe streets. We want to feel comfortable walking to the neighborhood coffee shop. We want traffic to be calmed. We want road diets. We want drivers to slow down. We want to be able to ride a bike safely. We want more traffic enforcement. We want to feel safe, and our children to be safe, when walking to school.
Despite these pleas for help, not a whole lot changed. It’s been business as usual while the body count continued to climb.
And then came the start of the 2018-2019 school year. In the first three months, no less than 13 Cincinnati Public Schools students were struck by cars coming from or going to school! Some fatally. Local media and elected officials finally began to really sit up and take notice of what we residents have known, that our streets have become the wild, wild West.