What: Stop For Me Media Conference and Crosswalk Event
When: Tuesday May 3, 1:00 p.m.,
Where: Near Corner of Kellogg Blvd. and Mulberry St., Saint Paul
Kristin Beckmann, Deputy Mayor
Rebecca Noecker, Ward 2 Council Person
Kyle Mianulli, Stop For Me Organizer
Sgt. Jeremy Ellison, Saint Paul Police Department
- Jeremy Ellison, Saint Paul Police Department, 651-368-4561
- Kyle Mianulli, Campaign Organizer, 612-280-9252
Saint Paul Leaders Call for End to Pedestrian Fatalities
On Tuesday, May 3 at 1 pm, community leaders will join city officials and members of the Saint Paul Police Department near the corner of Kellogg Avenue and Mulberry Street, where a driver struck and killed Shelby Kokesch in March. Together, they will issue a call to action for all drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and civic leaders to make deliberate choices that improve safety for pedestrians in Saint Paul.
Fifty-seven pedestrians and bicyclists have been hit on Saint Paul’s streets so far this year—39 of those caused serious injuries, and one tragically took the life of Shelby Kokesch, a 24-year old woman from Crystal, Minnesota.
“Tragedies like this are preventable, and they can no longer be accepted as inevitable, said Saint Paul Deputy Mayor Kristin Beckmann. “Whether we are driving, walking, or biking, we all share a responsibility to protect the lives of those around us.”
Following a brief press conference, community volunteers will hold a crosswalk event at the intersection. Volunteers will gather to raise awareness that drivers must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections – every corner, every turn, every time. Saint Paul Police officers will be on hand to issue tickets and warnings to drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians crossing the street.
The event is one of 34 that are being held across the city in 2016. Since the initial launch of Stop For Me on March 17 of this year, five other events have been held, resulting in 529 total stops, and 327 citations.
On average, 150 people are hit by drivers on Saint Paul’s streets every year. In 2015, six pedestrians were killed. In the first 90 days of 2016, a pedestrian was hit on average every other day.
“Even one pedestrian fatality in Saint is too many, and we’re tragically beyond that,” says Ward 2 Council Person Rebecca Noecker. “We can take collective action today and make Saint Paul a safer city for all those who use our streets.”
Charles Marohn, of Strong Towns, will also be present at the news conference and crosswalk event. He will then host a Curbside Chat at 3:00 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center with the goal of enhancing and encouraging conversation on financial resilience as well as pedestrian infrastructure and road safety. This event is organized in partnership with St. Paul Healthy Transportation For All, a project of St. Paul’s District Councils.
About Stop For Me
Stop For Me is a campaign dedicated to improving the safety of all people who use Saint Paul’s sidewalks and cross our streets. The campaign’s goals:
- Engage both drivers and pedestrians to be more aware at intersections, crosswalks, and in parking lots. Every trip begins and ends with walking, and from the moment we step out the door, we are all pedestrians.
- Educate drivers that stopping for pedestrians is both common courtesy and the law. Drivers need to treat every intersection like a crosswalk because, marked or unmarked, it is.
- Enforce pedestrian laws and speed limits whenever and wherever necessary.