A recent report from the National Complete Streets Coalition studying ten years of data found that 16 times more people were killed crossing the street than in natural disasters over the that same period. Another 68,000 walkers on average are injured every year. The victims are disproportionately children, seniors, and people of color, according to the report.
More than 270,000 people are killed while walking every year–22 percent of a total 1.24 million traffic fatalities, according to theWorld Health Organization.
“Clayton already has enough issues with crime. Property values have decreased. We have one of the highest foreclosure rates in Georgia. We have more things we need to focus on besides (bringing in) public transportation. We’ve got bigger issues than MARTA. There are people who actually need it and I symphathize with that but Clayton needs its own public transit that it can control. A public transit system opens up our community to everyone, making it more assessible. Take Peachtree City. It’s not easily accessible. Therefore its property values remain high. I don’t want my county open to anyone and everybody.”