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Rapid City planners to begin a walk audit

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A family keeps a watchful eye on traffic as they cross Main Street, downtown Rapid City. A family keeps a watchful eye on traffic as they cross Main Street, downtown Rapid City.
With a $5,000 grant from the South Dakota Department of Health, Rapid City will be doing a "walk audit".

In 2013 the number of pedestrian and bicycle collisions with cars in Rapid City nearly doubled from the year before. With accidents on the rise, city planners are looking at ways to make the streets safer and more pedestrian friendly.

Sandy Smith, long range planner for the City, says they want to collect as much data as possible. "We're really looking for what would make someone feel uncomfortable," Smith  said. " If it's a fast speed limit street, if there's small sidewalks, or no cross walks."

Community members are encouraged to participate in a community walk audit, which is a facilitated walk through designated areas of the city. "We are looking for feedback from the community members who are walking the area and how they feel about the area," Smith said.

The walks will begin in the fall, to sign up you can email Sandy Smith at sandy.smith@rcgov.org 

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