In Transit: The Joys — and Risks — of Being a Pedestrian

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Walking instead of driving to work, school or the store is good for the environment and our physical and mental health. But being a pedestrian isn’t easy in California’s car-centric culture. Our infrastructure is built with cars in mind, and that means that walkers and wheelchair-users can confront serious safety risks in a state where an average of three pedestrians are killed every day. This hour on Forum, we’ll look at how the state is addressing pedestrian safety issues and we’ll hear from you: What do you notice when you don’t use a car?


Ethan Elkind, director of the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law; host of the podcast "Climate Break"

Tim Weisberg, deputy director, marketing and public affairs, California Office of Traffic Safety