Pedestrian Deaths Spike in Houston, Spurring Calls for Better Urban Planning

Pedestrians in Houston (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)

Pedestrians in Houston (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)

At least 71 pedestrians in Houston were killed by cars as of Oct. 31, according to Houston police – a tally already 31 percent higher than the total for all 2015, with two months still remaining. Urban planners say this year’s surge in deaths may be driven by millennials’ preference to walk and senior’s reliance on travel by foot. Advocates and planners said the city needs to work more on safe streets by building sidewalks, narrowing lanes, encouraging safe speeds and adding crosswalks.

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