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Colorado is getting deadlier for pedestrians and cyclists, despite overall drop in traffic deaths

Colorado is getting deadlier for pedestrians and cyclists, despite overall drop in traffic deaths

A lone pedestrian walks along Pearl Street in Denver while dealing with subzero temperatures after a winter storm swept over the intermountain West packing snow…

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A lone pedestrian walks along Pearl Street in Denver while dealing with subzero temperatures after a winter storm swept over the intermountain West packing snow combined with Arctic cold, Dec. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) The number of pedestrians killed on Colorado streets reached an all-time high last year, painting a grim picture of traffic safety, a year after the state recorded the largest number of road deaths in more than four decades.

While traffic deaths saw a slight dip last year, the picture isn’t getting any brighter for those traveling by foot or bike.

Data from the Colorado Department of Transportation shows the number of cyclist deaths jumped by 33% last year to 20, up from 15 in 2022, and the number of pedestrians killed on Colorado’s streets reached a new high.

Colorado saw a significant uptick in pedestrian deaths in 2020 when 93 people were killed while walking along or across the state’s streets compared with 76 in 2019, and the number has continued to rise. Last year, at least 131 pedestrians were killed — an overwhelming majority of them at night.

“A lot of people die just moving from point A to point B,” said Pete Piccolo, executive director of the advocacy group Bicycle Colorado. “And it seems as though unless you’re impacted by traffic violence, it’s almost normalized.”

“The fact that 12,982 people died in Colorado (since 2002) going to school, going to work, going to the grocery store, it is really an unbelievable thing that we cannot figure out […]

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