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Documenting the Quest for Safer Streets

The new PBS International and Amazon Prime film “The Street Project” will bring the American traffic safety crisis — and its possible solutions — to a TV audience.

A bike lane gets a workout in “The Street Project,” a new documentary film that focuses on road safety advocacy efforts around the world. 

A bike lane gets a workout in “The Street Project,” a new documentary film that focuses on road safety advocacy efforts around the world. 

Courtesy Boyd Productions

“The Street Project,” a new documentary premiering on PBS International and Amazon Prime Video on Aug. 25, starts almost like a true crime thriller. People are getting killed on American streets at an alarming rate. The filmmakers set out to determine what’s behind it.

And then, an immediate spoiler: It’s not the fault of distracted pedestrians. “We assumed people must be staring at their cell phones and wandering into traffic,” the narrator says. “We were wrong.”