Monday, August 5, 2013

USDOT's "Everyone Is a Pedestrian" safety campaign

BikeWalkLee is pleased to see that today USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx launched a campaign to combat the increases in pedestrian fatalities.  The new website, Everyone Is A Pedestrian, 
is an excellent "one-stop shop" resource for everyone involved in our community's efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in Lee County. This website has been added to BikeWalkLee's Favorite Links on our blog. These resources can assist the community as it finalizes and then implements the Lee MPO Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Action.

Below are excerpts from Secretary Foxx's blog today:

"Everyone Is A Pedestrian" offers safety information that communities can use to keep pedestrians safe. With ideas for parents on teaching children about safe walking; reports on effective pedestrian projects for state highway safety offices; guides for community pedestrian safety advocates; and more, the new website hosts a tremendous collection of useful content, and I urge you to visit.

As NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said, “To help stop the recent increase in deaths and injuries, we need everyone to play a role in pedestrian safety.  Working with partners on the federal, state, local and individual level, we hope to turn this concerning trend around.”

“We are committed to making roads, highways and bridges safer for pedestrians,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. “We’re working to create safer environments for everyone, whether it’s getting proven safety measures onto roads and at intersections or sharing online resources with schools, teachers, and parents that teach kids pedestrian safety.”

I'm glad to hear it because according to NHTSA data, 4,432 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2011. That's an 8 percent increase since 2009, and it's an increase we simply can't accept.

But if we're going to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths and injuries, we're going to need everyone's help. If you're looking for a place to start, the new Everyone Is A Pedestrian website is a good first step.

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