Greenville commission looks at new approach to pedestrian safety

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Happening Wednesday, folks in Greenville are working to improve pedestrian safety on their streets.

2015 was one of the deadliest years in Pitt County for traffic fatalities involving pedestrians. This has some saying it’s time to address the root of the problem.

We’ve heard a lot about plans to improve our streets, but some residents say this does nothing to fix what they call fatal flaws on our roads.

At a meeting Wednesday night, Greenville’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission will start working on a resolution instructing City Council to work with NC DOT to improve street safety.

Chairman Brian Glover says he’s trying to incorporate an international effort called Vision Zero, focused on reevaluating road design and enforcement standards

“We have basically streets designed for rural North Carolina of 1950 but we’re in a city now and in 2015 and we need to adapt,” Glover said.

The city is planning to enhance some roads and add sidewalks. Yet, Glover says this doesn’t do enough to improve safety.

Glover says on 10th Street, narrowing the road and strictly enforcing speed limits is crucial to reducing pedestrian fatalities.

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