On the path to zero traffic fatalities

This crossing facility in Downtown Kirkland, WA, is designed to tell drivers that they are transitioning from auto oriented zone to a pedestrian oriented zone. The median and bulb outs narrow lanes forcing vehicles to slow down. Lights embedded in cross walk pavement are activated by pedestrians preparing to cross. Signs remind drivers that this is a pedestrian zone.

Across the country, 35,092 people died on our nation’s roads in 2015. That is a 7.2 percent increase over the previous year. 21 people died on Macon-Bibb County’s roads in 2015 and 1 out of every 4 victims was a pedestrian. In 2016, at least 23 people died on the county’s roads and over a third of the victims were pedestrians. The USDOT and partners recently launched the Road to Zero Coalition with the goal of eliminating all traffic deaths within the next 30 years. In 2017 we hope to begin to turn the tide of traffic deaths. When it comes to bicycle and pedestrian fatalities, there are proven strategies and resources to improve safety – check out the USDOT’s post for the several of these strategies. These seven concepts are just a few of the ideas FHWA is working on to refine, improve and share with communities around the country. By working to incorporate these and similar concepts in Macon-Bibb County and with a little luck and a lot of hard work we can create a safer transportation network for bicyclists, pedestrians and everyone else who shares the road.