St Louis adopting pedestrian safety action plan to address its status as a pedestrian safety hotspot |

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A plan to make St. Louis streets safer for pedestrians includes a push to toughen crosswalk laws and tweak signal timing at some intersections to give walkers a head start.

Last year, 21 people were killed on city streets, the highest number in the past three decades and nearly one-fourth of all pedestrian fatalities in Missouri.

So far this year, the grim tally stands at five. That’s how many pedestrians died citywide in all of 2014, an unusually low number when compared with previous years.

The city published a “pedestrian safety action plan” last week on its website. Jamie Wilson, the city’s first bike/pedestrian coordinator, described it as summarizing the city’s progress since he started his job about six months ago, and its goals going forward.

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