- Pio Nono Avenue – span between marked crossings is an average of 1,200 to 1,300 feet
- Eisenhower Parkway — span between marked crossings is an average of 1,200 to 1,300 feet
- Vineville Avenue — span between marked crossings is an average of 1,600 feet
- Gray Highway — span between marked crossings is an average of 2,400 feet.
Vision Zero: Local Pedestrian Safety Concerns
While not everyone gets a license to drive, we all are pedestrians at some point – waiting for the bus, crossing the street to get the mail, jogging through the neighborhood, strolling on the sidewalk downtown, searching for the car in the mall parking lot. Vehicles and pedestrians often jockey for the same space, with disastrous results. Sharing the road can be tricky, and pedestrians usually get the worst end of the deal, typically suffering serious injuries in any accident. National statistics reflect the enormity of the problem: 6,100 pedestrians were killed in 2013 by motor vehicles and approximately 160,000 pedestrian injuries required medical attention that year. The story in Central Georgia is the same. Bibb County ranks second in the state for pedestrian fatalities, per capita. In response, local officials formed a nine-person Pedestrian Fatality Review Board that requires representatives of various agencies to collaborate about pedestrian fatalities to ascertain why they happened and how to prevent them from happening again. Details to be considered include lighting, speed limits, signals, signs, sidewalks, width of the road, and crosswalk conditions. Urban planner Brad Belo, of the Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning Commission, reports that more than a third of Macon’s population is not licensed to drive, about 12 percent of households do not own a car, and only 13 percent of Bibb County’s 1,200 road miles have sidewalks. Additionally, some main roads have large distances between crosswalks: