Eyes on Milwaukee: 10 DAYS, 2 Children Dead & 3 Severely Injured

 

The Wisconsin Bike Fed calls upon all residents, organizations and civic leaders to speak out on reckless driving. 

UPDATE  11/06/2019

Two Milwaukee children have been killed and three more injured by hit-and-run drivers in the span of only 10 days. One driver was found, the other turned themselves in the next day. Both crashes occurred at intersections in school zones. This is unacceptable.

Our Safe Routes to School team has directly educated students at Thurston Woods, Auer Ave, and Gwen Jackson schools in safe walking and biking practices in the past year. It becomes a challenge to serve young people when, from what we know, all these children had the right of way. And reckless drivers, ages 19 and 25, acted irresponsibly. 

At the Bike Fed we educate the community at large on the “E’s.” A combination of Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Evaluation, Encouragement, and Equity strategies all need to work together to reduce speeds and dangerous maneuvers by people driving. The Bike Fed has educated over 40,000 youth since 2005. Our staff has encouraged thousands more students and families to give walking and biking a try, but these principal E’s are not funded or properly planned for in our community by our city leaders. While an immediate response from some members of the common council on this public health crisis has been policing, we want to emphasize that while we support enforcement, we also want to underscore the massive gap in properly Engineered local streets that make it incredibly easy to drive recklessly. This must stop.

 

We want to thank the Finance and Personnel Committee of Milwaukee Common Council for approving an amendment brought by Alderman Bauman that increase funding for Milwaukee DPW Multimodal spending. It would allow $1.2 million to be specifically focused on pedestrian and bicycle improvements in the public right of way.

 

We need your support now more than ever. The final budget approval day is fast approaching! 

Please contact the entire Milwaukee Common Council and Mayor Barrett. Tell them:

  • You would like to see a permanent dedicated fund for pedestrian and bicycle improvements within the capital budget. 
  • You support the adoption of an amendment for the 2020 budget that would increase Multimodal spending by $500K totaling $1.2M for city-wide pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
  • You want to see the DPW administrative leadership take urgency and work ever closer with the reckless driving task force to follow their new drafted strategic action plan using ample resources, which includes funding to tackle reckless driving

 

Honor and keep in your heart the lives of those whose voices are gone or have been muted by this public health crisis––reckless driving

 

ATTEND:

COMMON COUNCIL BUDGET ADOPTION MEETING

FRIDAY 11-08-2019  @ 9:00 AM 

City Hall, Common Council Chambers, Room 205

 

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I'm writing to express my support for voting to approve the City of Milwaukee 2020 budget to include more funding for multimodal projects that improve pedestrian, bicycle, and public transit rider's safety.

As you are aware, in ten days our community mourns the loss of two young lives and the community is sending out positive intentions for the three more young ones still recovering from serious injury, all subject to senseless vehicular violence. Make no mistake, reckless driving in Milwaukee and on the national level is on the rise and this matter is a public health crisis. It should be handled as such and taken seriously by all parties in civic leadership that protect serve, that includes those that design and engineer our public right of way.

I am asking the council to take the following actions in light of the fast-approaching budget adoption day this November 8th, 2019:

-Adopt the 2020 budget with the amendment that would increase Multimodal spending by $500K totaling $1.2M for city-wide pedestrian and bicycle improvements.

-In the future, establish a permanent dedicated fund for pedestrian and bicycle improvements within the capital budget, as well as hire new Multimodal staff–– managing their own budget as well as being able to successfully fulfill projects in a thorough and timely fashion

-DPW administrative leadership take urgency and work ever closer with the reckless driving task force to follow their newly drafted strategic action plan using ample resources, which includes funding to tackle reckless driving

 

Your Personal Message

 

After budget day THIS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8th 9 am City Hall Room 205 the Bike Fed will be hosting a further dialogue on action steps and takeaways from this season’s budget process across the street at the Milwaukee Center’s Midwest Espresso (111 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202) at noon. So even if you can’t make the hearing please pop over for lunch with us. 

Join the movement for Safe & Healthy Streets. 

Bike Fed staff is also planning a Rally to bring continuous attention to the concerns over this epidemic in the community. If your organization or yourself want to be involved in planning or attending please let us know. 

Contact Bike Fed info@wisconsinbikefed.org 

Subject Line: STOP RECKLESS DRIVING IN MKE

 

We still have a long way to go, but we thank all of those who have helped keep this very important investment in safer and healthier streets moving along at the city level! Don’t give up!

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