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Statement: Albuquerque Moves to Prevent Pedestrian Deaths on Highspeed Roads

Policy will help mitigate pedestrian use of dangerous narrow medians.

Nov. 21, 2022

Tonight, legislation that will make roads safer for pedestrians and drivers by preventing pedestrians from standing on dangerous narrow medians on high speed roads passed City Council with a 7-2 vote. 

“Narrow medians on high speed roads are simply not safe places for anyone to stand and we appreciate City Council’s strong support for the bill. From traffic engineering to common sense measures like this, we have to protect pedestrians and drivers in our city,” said Mayor Tim Keller.

Today, Albuquerque has one of the highest pedestrian fatality rates in the nation. Drivers colliding with individuals standing on medians that were not constructed for pedestrian use has led to fatalities and injury here and across the country. In Albuquerque, we have to pursue a range of engineering and policy solutions prevent pedestrian fatalities.