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Friday, February 3, 2017

Grassroot Effort To Create Registry For Pedestrian Deaths In Nashville - please donate!

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Grassroot Effort To Create Registry For Pedestrian Deaths In Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Pedestrian safety has been a topic of discussion in Nashville for years as the city turns from a small town into a booming metropolitan area, and following multiple deaths and a new report shining a spotlight on the issue, one local woman is working on a website to help remedy the issue. 
"I love the serendipity of walking, it's a great pleasure, but here in Nashville, it's not a comfortable event, it's a very stressful event to be out there on foot," Stacy Dorris, founder of The Sidewalk Foundation, said. 
Multiple pedestrians were hit and killed by cars in January in Nashville, and in the same month, a new study came out ranking Nashville as the 37th most dangerous city for pedestrians. 
After seeing the report and seeing numerous news reports, Dorris came up with the idea to create a website to help educate people about the problem.
"We live in a city and we need to be able to provide for people to walk in a safe fashion," Dorris explained. 
Dorris decided to work to launch a website that will keep a registry of pedestrian deaths in Davidson County, similar to how the LA Times has The Homicide Report where they go deep into people's stories who have lost their lives, rather than just reporting what happened at the scene.
"This is really to highlight that personal story, to get more information, and to highlight these situations so that we all can understand more," Dorris said of her idea for a new website, adding that she hopes that by understanding why an accident happened, it can help the people of Nashville prevent further deaths in the future. 
To create a website similar to The Homicide Report by the LA Times, Dorris estimated that she'd have to raise close to $10,000. 
Currently, Dorris is accepting donations through her current foundation for the website, The Sidewalk Foundation, for those who are interested in donating to the cause.

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