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Rep for pedestrian accidents a challenge for San Antonio planners

Data suggests that the San Antonio area is into alternative modes of transportation. That means that a lot of people opt to walk or ride bicycles to get to school, work, run errands or just get out for some exercise.

According to results of one recent survey done by the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Commission, some 325,000 people out of a population of about 2 million ride their bikes at least once a month. At the same time, San Antonio police records show that 54 pedestrians died on city streets in 2014. And on any given day, the city may see some 124 vehicle accidents, two accidents involving pedestrians and one cycle-involved crash.

That's today. And projections indicate that the population across Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Kendall counties is going to grow by more than 1 million people in the next 25 years. Planners say that means an even greater number of people using all forms of transportation. What's the region to do?

That's the challenge facing the SA Tomorrow team. The group representing various agencies and organizations is looking to develop a Multimodal Transportation Plan. The focus of the effort say members is to find ways to preserve the area's unique culture while making traffic navigation easier and safer amid the growth, whether you happen to be traveling by car or some other means of transportation.

To facilitate the plan, SA Tomorrow has held open houses at various locations. And for anyone who hasn't been able to make it to those, a live online webinar is open through Aug. 11.

On the basis of the wisdom that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, it seems this would be a good time to contribute to the discussion. 

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