Reader: We need safer streets 


John Jesmer was recently hit on his bicycle by a car and killed, near the intersection of Weber and Dale streets.

In the last few years, I've been nearly hit while crossing downtown streets literally dozens of times. The corners around Acacia Park are particularly dangerous, as are the intersections of Pikes Peak and Nevada avenues.

Just how much efficiency influences getting drivers where they need to be quickly? What would be the delay for a driver going through downtown if we re-optimized the equation for more safety in the moments when all of these drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are in the same place at the same time? Tolerable? Immaterial, if we're honest?

What if the cost of safe intersections and streets is being externalized to medical insurers and citizens themselves? If we pony up collectively, certainly fewer individuals would be physically and financially disenfranchised by lack of safety. So maybe the question is, will taxpayers share the burden of safe intersections? Or maybe it's how many injuries are okay?

I think that if we want to live up to our reputation as one of the most desirable cities in the country, we should prove it's safe to be a non-driver here.

— Kevin Brewton

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