4 Proven Steps for Improved Pedestrian Safety

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July 28, 2022, 8:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Pedestrian Safety

Crosswalk flags are not a step in the right direction for pedestrian safety. | VDB Photos / Shutterstock

As a supplement to the “Dangerous by Design 2022” report, published in July by Smart Growth America, Alex Engel and Kate Fillin-Yeh provide a playbook for reducing the unnecessary levels of carnage on U.S. streets and roads.

The four steps recommended by Engel, senior manager of communications for NACTO, and Fillin-Yeh, director of strategy for NACTO, include the following, with a lot more specifics and examples provided in the source article, published by Smart Growth America:

  1. Analyze where the worst streets are and who needs to be in the room for change.
  2. Reset speed limits to be compatible with human life.
  3. Use proven street designs that save lives and make places more vibrant.
  4. Document results, iterate, and share them out.

As documented by the report, and noted at the outset of the article, “More than 6,500 people were struck and killed while walking in 2020, a 4.7 percent increase over 2019, even as driving decreased overall because of the pandemic’s unprecedented disruptions to travel behavior.”

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