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Let's Talk Streetlights And Pedestrian Crashes

Marisa Demarco/KUNM
On Louisiana Boulevard near Copper, the lights on the residential side of the street were out for several blocks on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Let's Talk New Mexico 5/16 8a: All around the country, more people who are walking are hit by drivers in neighborhoods with low incomes and in communities of color. Here in Bernalillo County, one out of every five times there’s a pedestrian crash, it happens in the few square miles of Albuquerque’s International District. Residents say a big part of the problem is bad street lighting, speeding drivers, big roads, crumbling sidewalks, and not enough intersections or bus stops.

Do you see these problems where you live in the state? Have you noticed especially dark or unlit parts of town—in Albuquerque or anywhere around New Mexico? How do they affect you? What needs to change? Have you ever been hit by a car while you were walking or biking or using a wheelchair? What happened? Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet using the hashtag #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show.




This map shows that there are fewer streetlights (darker) and more pedestrian fatalities (red diamonds) in the International District compared with other similarly populated neighborhoods across the City of Albuquerque. 

Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
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