In January, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx offered a challenge to mayors and elected officials across the country to create safer, more seamless and convenient conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists. As of Feb. 24, more than 85 have signed on to participate in the challenge.
We encourage local communities in the Kansas City region to participate in this effort to improve safety conditions.
The Mayors’ Challenge emphasizes the importance of bicycle and pedestrian safety and encourages the formation of local action teams to advance safety, access and mobility goals.
Challenge activities include:
- Using Complete Streets design approaches.
- Identifying and addressing barriers for people of all ages and abilities.
- Gathering biking and walking data.
- Using designs appropriate for street contexts and uses.
- Taking opportunities to create and connect bikeway and pedestrian networks.
- Improving safety regulations and policies.
- Educating and enforcing proper roadway behaviors.
MARC and Destination Safe have several resources available that can help support Mayors’ Challenge activities:
- MARC’s Complete Streets Handbook.
- Free monthly webinars. In 2015, topics include Ped/Bike Counting Programs (March 18), Legal Rights and Issues for Pedestrians and Bicyclists (April 15), Law Enforcement Strategies to Improve Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety (May 20) and more.
- The 2013 Pedestrian Crash Analysis reviews crash data for different conditions, times of year, times of day and other data.
- The Greater Kansas City Regional Bikeway Plan identifies barriers, gaps and opportunities to use bike facilities to create a more connected, accessible region.
- Destination Safe’s Kansas City Transportation Regional Safety Blueprint evaluates 15 focus areas, including pedestrians, and provides strategies to reduce fatalities and disabling injuries.
- Education and safety resources through Explore KC and programs such as Safety Ambassadors and Safe Routes to School.
- Committees focused on issues important to pedestrians and bicyclists, such as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Destination Safe Pedestrian/Cyclist Task Team.
More information about the Mayors’ Challenge is available online.
For more information about MARC and Destination Safe resources, contact Aaron Bartlett at email@example.com or call 816-474-4240.