Heading to the Metromover? Beware of the Risks to Pedestrians
Pedestrians in Miami face a substantial risk of being hurt in a motor vehicle accident because of heavy traffic in downtown Miami. Unfortunately, when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, the accident can cause serious or sometimes fatal injuries. A Miami personal injury attorney should be consulted by victims to help injured pedestrians recover compensation for damages.
Many pedestrians are actually hurt trying to get to the Metromover because crossing the street to reach it can be very dangerous. However, Miami officials are attempting to make walking to the Metromover safer, according to a recent article in the Miami Herald.
Pedestrians at Risk When Crossing to the Metromover
The Miami Herald reports that the Miami commission green-lighted new projects aimed at reducing risks to pedestrians. These new projects include installing new pedestrian crossings at six particular Metromover stations that are heavily trafficked.
Some of these areas currently have no pedestrian crosswalks at all, despite the fact pedestrians need to use them regularly. Many of the areas were designed when the Metromover opened in the 1980s, during which time planners expected that transit users would cross the street all the way at the end of the block when in reality many people cross where the entrance or exit to the Metromover is located.
In addition to adding new crosswalks to Metromover stations, the city has also indicated that it will improve a walkway that is currently connecting areas of Miami Dade College’s downtown campus. The walkway is currently a cow path that is not fully paved, making it impractical for many pedestrians to get around.
The new crosswalks that are being added to make walking to Metromover stations easier will cost over $362,000 but funding will be provided by the Florida Department of Transportation in the form of a grant. The city will pay for enhanced connecting paths between several existing stations.
The addition of the crosswalks is part of a broader push to make it easier for bicycle riders and pedestrians to get around the downtown Miami area. This area has many intersections that are considered to be among the least safe in the U.S., so taking positive steps to show that the city is serious about protecting walkers and bicycle riders is important as an indicator that things may eventually begin to change.
Unfortunately, Miami streets are largely designed to move cars through areas quickly without taking the needs of bikers and walkers into account. This is an issue throughout the entirety of Florida, which is why the state has one of the worst records for pedestrian safety in the United States with only New Mexico having a higher rate of pedestrian deaths per population.
While crosswalks will be completed, the project will take time and pedestrians continue to be in jeopardy until it is done. Further, there will still be pedestrian accident risks in high-traffic downtown areas even if some of the problems are solved by making getting to the Metromover safer. If you or someone who love is hurt or killed when walking in downtown Miami, you should contact a Miami personal injury attorney for help as soon as possible.