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U.S. gets bad grades in walkability report

How is the U.S. doing when it comes to walkability? A recent report suggests it is doing rather poorly.

The report was by an advisory panel that the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance set up. In the report, America was given letter grades for various factors relating to walkable communities and walking.

The grades the report gave the U.S. would likely fill a parent with dread if their child received them. The nation was given an “F” in several of the categories.

One such category is pedestrian infrastructure. In your opinion, how good or bad is such infrastructure here in Nebraska? What improvements related to such infrastructure would you most like to see in the state?

Another area for which the nation received an “F” grade in the report was safety. What do you think are the biggest safety challenges pedestrians here in Nebraska face?

One wonders if this report and similar criticisms of the level of walkability in the U.S. will lead to any major pedestrian-related changes in Nebraska or other states in upcoming years.

As this report underscores, there are various difficulties, including safety difficulties, that pedestrians can encounter here in America. Sometimes, such difficulties lead to pedestrian accidents.

Pedestrians can also sometimes encounter challenges as they attempt to get fair compensation for harms done to them in such crashes. These could include challenges in their dealings with insurance companies. Individuals injured in Nebraska pedestrian accidents can seek out help with their efforts to overcome such obstacles from skilled traffic crash lawyers.

Source: Washington University in St. Louis, “U.S. report card on walking and walkable communities: Fail,” Neil Schoenherr, Sept. 14, 2017

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