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DPW looking for input for pedestrian safety after 18 deaths in 2017

Posted at 6:21 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 19:21:54-05

In November, a 56-year-old woman was killed near 99th & Bluemound, making her the 18th pedestrian killed this year. Now, the city is looking to put a stop to it. 

The Department of Public Works is looking for public input on a survey about pedestrian safety. The 22-question survey focuses on likes and dislikes about walking in neighborhoods where residents live. 

"It's not safe," said Bianca Hardiman. "People are getting hit by cars every day."

"Drivers do not pay attention to pedestrians at all," said Steven Kzmierski. 

Kzmierski says he's been hit by two cars as a pedestrian and hopes this will lead to some change so he and other pedestrians will be safer on the streets. 

"They'll take the right turn and they'll see you," Kzmierski said. "They'll see you walking but they won't stop."

Almost on cue, as an older woman on a scooter tried to cross Brady Street, two cars zipped passed her while she had the right of way. So while the city can accept the input from residents, these pedestrians know it's ultimately up to them to keep their head on a swivel. 

"I definitely don't use my smartphone when walking," said Kara Mulrooney. "Got to look alive."

"The only thing you can make them do is make them cross at the corner," said Edna Newsom. 

The survey is live on the Milwaukee city website until Jan. 15.