Pedestrian Safety Guidelines

Carson Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO)

The primary goal of these guidelines is to offer recommendations on how to enhance the pedestrian safety within the CAMPO area. Pedestrians make up 11 percent of the fatalities in the United States. To reduce the number of crashes involving pedestrians requires a plan that helps communities focus on countermeasures that have the greatest crash reduction factors. However, there are additional "side" benefits of improved pedestrian safety. When pedestrians feel safe, they are more likely to choose to walk for recreation and other situations. Walking saves energy, is good for the environment and promotes public health. To encourage more walking requires a plan that helps communities develop strategies for investing in pedestrian facilities and programs. Measures to improve pedestrian safety help to create a great community in general. The public is demanding safe, walkable communities. We live in a mobile society where businesses are choosing to locate in the best places to live. Creating a great walking environment is central to economic development and quality of life.

The template was created through a joint effort of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), and Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. These guidelines are meant to be a "living" document in that it will be updated as state and local policies evolve within the CAMPO area. The purpose of these guidelines is not only to identify existing policy, but to identify some of the deficiencies that exist regarding pedestrian safety and to offer suggestions on how to remedy these deficiencies.

Filed in: Plans and Policies, Crashes and Safety

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