Report Card on Pedestrian Safety – What You Need to Know

Broadcast on 2017/02/09 (PT)

wp-gabethumwp-samsanfordGabe Thum, Transportation Safety Program Coordinator and Sam Sanford, Senior Transportation Planner, Pima Association of Governments

How are we doing with pedestrian crashes in the last few years? Are pedestrians safe and what is PAG doing to make sure that they are? How does Tucson compare to other cities in terms of walkability? As a citizen of Tucson and Pima County, these are things I like to know the answers to. Please plan to join us as I fire away my many questions to Gabe and Sam. Something tells me they will have some great answers and maybe share with us some things we didn’t have a clue about. This show made possible due to the generous support of Pima Association of Governments.


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INSIGHTS:

  • Pima Association of Governments works to ensure our region enjoys quality transportation, a healthy economy and a sustainable environment.
  • The ultimate goal for pedestrian planning is to ensure safety for everyone.
  • PAG and local governments work together to continuously improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians in the Tucson community
  • Tucson has been designated as a pedestrian and bicyclist safety focus city – this is a special designation from the Federal Highway Administration for cities that have crash rates above the national average. Recently, the City of Tucson had a 3-day workshop, which kicked off the development of a pedestrian safety action plan.
  • Engineering, Enforcement and Education are the three key “Es” that are needed to create a safe community for both pedestrians and cyclists.
  • There are a number of “hot spots” around the Tucson region where a higher amounts of crashes occur. PAG’s planning efforts help to foster a culture of safety across the region and to address “hot spots.”
  • U.S. Department of Transportation has found that human factors contribute to 93% of the crashes we have across the country. If you are drinking and driving, you are 10 times more likely to be involved in a crash. If you are texting and driving, you are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash. Texting and walking is not a safe choice either.
  • The Tucson region is doing a number of things really well around pedestrian and cyclist safety – listen to this podcast to learn about these “thumbs up” efforts going on in our region.

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