Report: House District 7 Among Most Dangerous for Pedestrians in South Carolina
SOUTH CAROLINA – According to a news story posted online at wpde.com, a report published by the National Complete Streets Coalition places House District 7 among the most dangerous for pedestrians in the state of South Carolina. The report has District 7 ranked at No. 12 in the most dangerous districts for pedestrians.*
District 7 includes Horry County, South Carolina, and a significant portion of the Pee Dee. One of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in the district in 2018 proved to be Highway 17 Business, which was the site of 17 traffic accidents involving pedestrians that year. This was higher than any other road in Horry County for pedestrian accidents.
A woman who spoke to reporters with WPDE said that one of her friends was recently hit by a car on Highway 17 Business. The woman said that she witnessed the collision, and she has been scared of walking or riding her bicycle on the roadway since the incident occurred. The fear places her in a difficult position because walking and biking are her only ways of getting around.
“I don’t want to ride my bike anymore, so I just ask for rides from coworkers, or I take an Uber,” the woman said.
Reporters talked to several other people who had experienced near-misses while walking, jogging, or biking in the area. They shared that the highway did not seem safe for pedestrians and cyclists anymore, so they were trying to change their routines, as well, to avoid becoming involved in a potentially tragic accident.
Local residents and officials have started discussing and working toward ways to improve safety for pedestrians along the highway. Wheelchair accessible sidewalk connections are about to be installed at Meyers Avenue and Yorkshire Parkway, and crosswalks will soon be added to several areas in surrounding neighborhoods.
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