USDOT Pedestrian Safety Action Plan
People may have preferences when it comes to transportation, but at some point, everyone is a pedestrian. Whether it is walking to a neighbor’s house, work, or school; accessing transit; shopping; or for exercising – walking is transportation. However, in the last decade, there has been an increase in fatalities for this basic form of transportation. The number one strategic goal for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is safety. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) address pedestrian safety through a multipronged approach of 1) infrastructure to reduce conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians and provide safe places for people to walk; 2) vehicle safety; 3) research; 4) enforcement and judicial solutions; 5) data collection and analysis; and 6) education and outreach through behavioral safety programs.
Read the full action plan here.