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DelDOT Report Shows Pedestrian Safety Problems

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LEWES, Del. - The Delaware Department of Transportation this week released its annual report for 2013, and one area of importance for those in Sussex County is pedestrian safety.         

Statewide in 2013, there were 542 crashes involving pedestrians or cyclists. And while most of the 128 bike-related crashes were in New Castle County than anywhere else, the only two fatalities were in Sussex County.

Pat Grant lives in Rehoboth Beach and said she bikes often, but would not bike on Route 1.

"I usually try not to use my car in town, so I use my bike to go shopping and up to the beach and any place I need to go locally," she said "I don't bike on the highway, and I'm sure id be a lot more worried if I did."

According to DelDOT Communications Officer Jim Westhoff, officials already have plans to work on pedestrian safety on Route 1, the project will start Oct. 27.

"We're adding crosswalks, better lighting, and many other features that will make it safer for pedestrians," he explained. "The goal on many occasions is to get the pedestrians off the road and then make it safer for them to cross the road."

Individual towns are also doing their part, like in Lewes. Mike Tyler is the chairperson of the Lewes Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

"We would rather see people walking than driving a car, or bicycling than driving a car," he said. "Since we're promoting that kind of safety on our streets and sidewalks we're going to work pretty hard to get things better."

The report also indicated that more people are walking or biking to work every year, so for DelDOT, reducing the accidents and fatalities is an important goal.

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