Traffic calming measures needed in Brattleboro

Editor of the Reformer:

The front page article in the Feb. 21-22 edition of the Reformer about a study of traffic deaths in Brattleboro may create the impression that all is well here so nothing needs to be done to deal with speeding, or the lack of sidewalks, pedestrian crosswalks, and traffic light walk signals (on parts of Putney Road, for example). In fact, there is an urgent need for these kind of traffic calming measures in Brattleboro.

The man who was killed by a car while walking in Brattleboro in December 2013 was the fourth pedestrian killed by a car in Brattleboro in two years.

Traveling by walking or riding a bicycle rather than by car is one of the best ways to prevent climate change, which the world's leading scientists say is a major threat to earth's ability to support human life. Walking and riding a bicycle reduces obesity. Obesity causes health problems that cost American taxpayers billions of dollars annually. A group that is working to make Vermont's roads safer for pedestrians and bicycle riders has a web site at

Eesha Williams Dummerston, Feb. 22