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Since 2004, FHWA's Safety Office has been working to aggressively reduce pedestrian deaths by focusing extra resources on the cities and states with the highest pedestrian fatalities and/or fatality rates. The states and cities were revised in 2015 to include bikes and to what you currently see in this map. For more information on how the states and cities were selected visit the Office of Safety's Focused Approach Website.Part of this effort has included development of How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, which helps state and local officials know where to begin to address pedestrian safety issues. In addition, we have been offering free technical assistance and courses to each of the states and cities, and free bi-monthly webinars on subjects of interest. The document and webinars are available for free to other states as well. The training is available at a cost to non-focus states and cities through the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (see info link below), and is also available through the National Highway Institute. An Evaluation of the Focused Approach to Pedestrian Safety was also recently completed and is also posted here to document progress to date under this program. Check back once in a while to see the latest webinar information and to view past recorded webinars.
Focusing on Pedestrian Safety
FHWA and other agencies across USDOT are continually addressing safety concerns for pedestrians by developing and researching effective tools and countermeasures and by coordinating projects, plans, and discussions with State and local officials and safety advocates.
Case Studies for FHWA Pedestrian and Bicycle Focus States and Cities
Pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise throughout the United States, and as more American's are walking and bicycling, many agencies have been working to improve safety for both of these road users. This case study document provides information on how agencies have worked with FHWA to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety through the FHWA Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Focused Approach Program
A Focused Approach to Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
FHWA's technical assistance program helps communities protect their most vulnerable road users. Here's how three locations have met the challenge.
Revised! How to Develop and Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan [PDF 8.99 MB]
The purpose of this revised guide is to assist agencies in developing and implementing a safety action plan to improve conditions for bicycling and walking. The plan lays out a vision for improving safety, examining existing conditions, and using a data-driven approach to match safety programs and improvements with demonstrated safety concerns. The document will also serve as a reference for improving pedestrian and bicycle safety through a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to safety, including street designs and countermeasures, policies, and behavioral programs.
Spotlight on Pedestrian Safety
This article documenting progress made to date in the Pedestrian Safety Focus States and Cities was published in the January/February 2012 Edition of Public Roads Magazine.
The State of Florida is developing a statewide Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. They have set up a project website that includes information about the project, workshop presentations and resources relating to pedestrian safety.
The New York City Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan
This landmark study is the most statistically ambitious of its kind ever undertaken by a US city. The researchers worked to identify the causes, common factors, and geographic distribution of over 7,000 pedestrian crashes in New York City.
Evaluation of the Focused Approach to Pedestrian Safety Program
This report presents the results of an evaluation of the pedestrian component of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety (HSA) Focused Approach to Safety Program.