USDOT issues Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets

MayorsChallenge2_webIn 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:

More information about the Mayors’ Challenge is available online.

For more information about MARC and Destination Safe resources, contact Aaron Bartlett at abartlett@marc.org or call 816-474-4240.

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