Safety tips for pedestrians
Bob and Florence Goar were walking near their Boise home on Feb. 27, when they were hit by an SUV in a crosswalk on Milwaukee Street.
Florence died that night, and Bob died nine days later. Police are still investigating the fatal crash; no charges have been filed against the driver.
The Idaho Walk Bike Alliance, a group that promotes walking and bicycling as transportation and part of a healthy lifestyle, is inviting concerned community members to participate in a “Walk of Silence” to remember the Goars and others injured or killed by drivers.
Organizers are asking participants to gather Wednesday in a parking lot near the corner of West Northview and Christine streets (8366 W. Northview St.) from 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The one-block walk to Northview and Milwaukee will commence at 5:30 p.m.
At 5:45 p.m., speakers from the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance will talk about “the need to protect people who are traveling on our roads while walking, rolling or bicycling,” organizers said in a press release Monday. Family members of those who have lost loved ones in crashes will also share their stories.
“The Walk of Silence is to honor local pedestrians and cyclists who have been killed or injured on our public roadways and call attention to a need to make our streets safer for vulnerable road users,” the press release said. “IWBA also wants to call attention to the epidemic of pedestrian and cyclist deaths nationwide, and the record number of deaths and serious injuries of pedestrians and cyclists in Ada County in the last 2 years.”
For too long, transportation policy has favored vehicles, Idaho Walk Bike Alliance Executive Director Cynthia Gibson said in the press release.
“Today, distracted driving is at an all-time high, led by the usage of hand-held devices while operating an automobile. We have no state law limiting this use,” Gibson said. “Road design, signal timing, higher speeds, and the lack of walk and bike infrastructure — all are contributing factors which have a negative impact on the safety of our most vulnerable road users.”