Share & Be Aware, a campaign of the nonprofit Wisconsin Bike Fed and the state Department of Transportation to make bicycling and walking safer, is holding a series of events in October to call attention to the 17 pedestrian deaths in Milwaukee in 2017.

According to the group, there were 12 pedestrian deaths in the city in all of 2016.

On Saturday afternoon, just as rain started to fall, 26-year-old Alex Beld of Shorewood stood at a north side intersection near where Eric L. Evans, 54, was killed in a hit-and-run accident. According to the Milwaukee County medical examiner, Evans was walking at W. Capitol Drive and N. Sherman Blvd. around 10 p.m. on April 9 when he was struck by a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Milwaukee police couldn’t be reached about whether an arrest had been made.

Beld, who works for the Share & Be Aware program, stood with a sign that read, “Yield to pedestrians.” He said he hopes to raise awareness among drivers who often speed through intersections, even as pedestrians are in a crosswalk. “I see it every day,” he said.

Just hours after Beld’s plea, another pedestrian was killed, this one in Franklin.

A 25-year-old man crossing the street early Sunday morning was struck by a vehicle and died as a result of his injuries, according to City of Franklin police. 

The Franklin man was crossing S. 27th St. at W. Southland Drive at 2:44 a.m. Sunday. The driver was a 26-year-old man from Milwaukee. 

The crash is under investigation by the police department and Wisconsin State Patrol. 

Among the other fatal Milwaukee pedestrian accidents this year:

March 4: Denice J. Fells, 61, who was using a motorized scooter, was killed in a hit-and-run shortly before 7 p.m. at the intersection of N. 17th and W. Vliet streets. Marcellous D. Tally-Clayborne, 23, who had run a red light, pleaded guilty to causing death and hit-and-run, and was sentenced to four…