10 Ideas Towns and Cities Use to Make Streets Safe
Some are cool, inexpensive; all are smart.
- Reduce speed limits
Greenburgh, NY lowers speed limit to 25mph, just like NYC.
- “Road Diet”: Turn four lane road into two lanes
Jacksonville, FL reduces speed by making Kings Road two lanes, plus bike lanes.
- Time traffic lights and flashing signals give pedestrians a head start in crossing intersections
Safe Kids/FedEx Memphis, TN plan gives walkers extra 3-6 seconds; can reduce ped crashes by 50%.
- Make ped and bike safety mandatory in road building or improvement planning
Myrtle Beach Mayor tells planners to go back to drawing board, include safety in plans.
- Plant trees today, because tomorrow they can slow down drivers
Four UK villages sees traffic slow down on tree-lined streets.
- Hold police undercover actions to stop red light runners and "jaywalking" pedestrians
Teaneck, NJ police uses plain clothes cops to encourage responsible driving.
- Build median strips in the middle of busy streets
St. Petersburg, FL’s gives pedestrians a mid-street refuge for tourists at “Sunken Gardens.”
- Traffic “tickets” with benefits issued to pedestrians and drivers obeying the law
In Seattle’s Vision Zero, police captain issues good conduct tickets with $10 gift cards.
- Thank your kid’s school crossing guards for doing their important job
Vacaville, CA newspaper editorial recognizes them for the work they do; we all should.
- Check it out: Is there a “safe routes” program at your kids' school
Providence, RI uses walking school buses for safety and to reduce absenteeism.
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City Resources for Pedestrian Safety Smart Solutions
- National Center for Safe Routes to School
- Safe Routes to School National Partnership
- U.S. Department of Transportation
- Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets
- DoT Complete Streets
- Smart Growth America’s Complete Streets
- National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
- Vision Zero
- Streetsblog USA
- Transportation Alternatives
- EMBARQ at World Resources Institute
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
- Alliance for Biking and Walking
- American Walks
- Governors Highway Safety Association
- American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
- Transportation Research Board