In concert with Street Smart, a wide range of jurisdiction-specific pedestrian safety innovations are being spearheaded to save lives and prevent injuries. Among the highlights:
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
- Metro has incorporated its pedestrian and bicycle safety 'refresher' training into its ongoing new bus operator training program. Operators are instructed on the rules of the road pertaining to pedestrians and cyclists, and provided with the pedestrian and cyclist view of the transportation environment. Additionally, they are brought into the field to observe and assess multi-modal movements in a busy downtown environment.
District of Columbia (DDOT)
- DDOT is moving ahead to implement recommendations of the Pedestrian Master Plan that was finalized in April 2009. Four corridors have received funding for design and construction of pedestrian safety and access improvements.
- Over $4 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds have been dedicated to filling gaps in the sidewalk network across the District. The project aims to install 10 miles of sidewalk before it is completed in 2011.
- The DC Safe Routes to School program offers planning assistance to schools on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of the program, DDOT assists each school in the creation of an Action Plan for improving the safety and convenience of walking and bicycling to school. See www.ddot.dc.gov.
- The popular separated “cycle track” on 15th Street NW has led to a 40% increase in cycling on the corridor and will be converted this fall to two way for bicyclists and extended nearly a mile, from Massachusetts Ave. NW to Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- DC now has 50 miles of marked on-street bike lanes. The steadily increasing availability of bike facilities has led to 48% increase in bicycling in DC from 2004-2010.
- In May a 1.5 mile section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail between Edgewood Street NE and the NOMA neighborhood was opened. The trail has become a favorite off-street commuting and recreation bicycling and walking facility.
- The vastly expanded Capital Bikeshare program was kicked off in September. The new expanded system has 114 stations in DC and Arlington, VA and 1100 bicycles available in all parts of the City. The system recorded 30,000 trips in October, 2010.
Maryland State Highway Association (MSHA)
- Pedestrian and bicycle safety are emphasized as part of Maryland's Choose Safety for Life campaign, which stresses the importance of traffic safety. It is based on five key principles: B-SAFE: Buckle up, Slow down – speeding kills, Always drive sober, Focus, Everyone share the road.
- In the last three years, Maryland has allocated $400,000 in grant funds to the Washington regional Street Smart outreach campaign, with additional funds supporting enforcement efforts through its community traffic safety program.
- This year, 15 Maryland law enforcement agencies in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties will be conducting pedestrian safety outreach and enforcement efforts in the month of April.
- The Washington Regional Traffic Safety Program is working in collaboration with Casa of Maryland, El Zol radio and WPGC-FM on a pedestrian safety outreach program to at-risk pedestrians in Prince George’s County. English and Spanish language public service announcements will be used with “Street Teams” to educate pedestrians and motorists in pedestrian safety zones in the District Heights and Langley Park areas of the County.
- The Maryland Highway Safety Office, in partnership with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC), has implemented a Street Smart program in the Baltimore region, modeled after the successful Street Smart program in the Washington region.
- Maryland has designated more than $2 million in Safe Routes to School grants in the Washington metropolitan region. Throughout the state there are 48 Safe Routes to School initiatives covering 41 jurisdictions with a total funding of over $8 million in grants.
- On Maryland state highways, more than 489 Audible Pedestrian Signal (APS) projects have been installed or are in construction.
- In 2009, the State Highway Administration (SHA) constructed more than 44,000 linear feet of sidewalk. Currently, SHA manages nearly 1,000 miles of sidewalk along state highways.
- The SHA has more than 750 miles of designated bicycle routes in the State, including nearly 70 miles of specific bike lanes.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
- VDOT will be engaging in Phase 1 of the Virginia state bicycle plan this year in order to advance bike mobility, advocate for better bike accommodations, provide training opportunities and coordinate changes with the local public.
- Two percent of VDOT’s paving program budget is dedicated to widening shoulders on Northern Virginia roadways annually, in turn improving bicycle safety and travel movement.
- Virginia’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Policy continues to be executed aggressively, ensuring safe pedestrian and bicycling components are included with all roadway projects within the State. VDOT also promotes private developments follow the same philosophy as outlined in the Policy.
- Virginia’s Safe Routes to School program promotes a comprehensive approach to enabling and encouraging students (K-8) to walk and bike to school safely. Program and infrastructure projects in Northern Virginia include the City of Alexandria and Vienna. http://www.virginiadot.org/programs/ted_Rt2_school_pro.asp.
- Route 15 Turn Lanes at Leesburg Animal Park project includes a shared use path and sidewalk between the intersection of Woodlea Drive and the town corporate limit at Masons Lane. Construction will start this spring and be completed in the fall.
- The planning and design stage of I-495 HOT Lanes is underway, and includes plans to improve bicycle and pedestrian access and enhance safety at designated primary/secondary road crossings.
- Countdown signals are being installed across the region to enhance pedestrian crossing safety.
Fairfax County, Virginia
- Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) conducts pedestrian safety enforcement in high pedestrian crash areas countywide. The FCPD conducts pedestrian enforcement and public awareness through all District Stations as part of traffic enforcement plans each year.
- Fairfax County has designated $58 million in federal, state and county funding to construct pedestrian improvements in high-priority areas. Twenty major projects were completed over past two years. Bus stop improvements are underway at priority stops. More than 300 pedestrian projects and bus stop improvements are being designed for construction over the next few years.
- Fairfax County collaborated with VDOT to install over 1,000 modern LED countdown signals, more than any other jurisdiction in Virginia.
- Fairfax County developed a countywide network of preferred bike routes and produced their first bike map. A high-quality cartographic map allows cyclists to plan bike trips and connections across the County.
- Fairfax County has designated full-time staff to lead the County's efforts on pedestrian and bicycle issues.
- In coordination with VDOT, roadways in Fairfax County are being retrofitted with on-road bike lanes.
Montgomery County, Maryland
- In the second year of funding of the County Executive’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative, pedestrian fatalities declined from 19 in 2008 to 14 in 2009.
- Montgomery County won a 2009 Silver Davey Award in the social issues category from the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA) for their pedestrian safety video, “Drive Safe!®: Keeping Pedestrians Safe When You’re Behind the Wheel.” The video can be viewed on the County’s Pedestrian Safety Website: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/walk
- Traffic calming projects, constructing features that slow the speed of traffic—bulb-outs, pedestrian refuge islands, and lane narrowing with enhanced pedestrian crossing facilities—continue to be installed in 2010, including Dale Drive, Grubb Road, and Spartan Road. Evaluations of the first 10 projects completed since 2007 show that all 10 reduced average speeds, with seven of the 10 reducing speeds by five or more miles per hour. This program is being expanded in 2010.
- In 2008, Montgomery County began addressing pedestrian safety improvements in locations with the highest numbers of pedestrian collisions, known as “High Incidence Areas.”
- The County’s first bilingual (Spanish/English) grassroots pedestrian safety campaign was launched last fall and continues to be implemented this year along Piney Branch Road—the County’s first “High Incidence Area” of elevated pedestrian collisions.
- Montgomery County’s Speed Camera Enforcement Program has 62 fixed-sites, six mobile and six portable units. The County’s mobile and portable enforcement units allow the County to expand into additional areas to provide broader speed enforcement actions. Speed cameras have been highly effective in Montgomery County, reducing speeding by as much as 70 percent. Portions of the revenue from the Speed Camera Enforcement Program are being directed to funding the County’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative.
- Montgomery County’s DOT obtained State approval for the installation of a new innovative traffic signal (HAWK Signal), for use on Gude Drive at Display Court, where the Chase Homeless Shelter is located. The State requested modifications to the operational design—differentiating it from a standard HAWK signal operation. County engineers have dubbed the proposed Gude Drive version a “MoHAWK.” The MoHAWK has been operational since March and is successfully reducing pedestrian collisions.
- With 23 percent of all pedestrian collisions in Montgomery County occurring in parking lots, the County launched a public education campaign aimed at both drivers and pedestrians in the groups at highest risk of being involved in these collisions.
Arlington County, Virginia
- The Arlington County Board adopted a sustainability initiative for 2010 that includes a strong bicycle and pedestrian access and safety component.
- Arlington County launched the Neighborhood 25 initiative to help ensure pedestrian safety. This new public awareness campaign is designed to remind motorists to slow down in neighborhoods where children play and walk to school.
- The County is in its second full year of a volunteer bicycle and pedestrian counting effort. The program will help to document non-motorized transportation levels and lead to improved planning and engineering.
- Arlington County continues to phase out the use of brick crosswalks and is moving towards the use of high-visibility crosswalks on arterial streets to improve safety.
- In response to increased trail use by bicyclists and pedestrians, Arlington County has created and distributed user-friendly, bilingual (English and Spanish) flyers offering customized safety tips for cyclists and pedestrians on “sharing the way” with other trail users.
- Arlington County has invested in two dedicated BikeArlington staff who work full-time on bicycle safety, outreach and education.
- Arlington County has added a second part-time WalkArlington staff member to create one full-time, two-person team charged with handling pedestrian safety issues, outreach, and education.
- In an effort through Arlington’s annual “Lights for Bikes” initiative and timed to coincide with daylight savings time, the County distributes and installs free bicycle lights and rear flashers to citizens riding without them.
- In 2010, Arlington offered 11 free Confident City Cycling (adult bicycle safety education) classes taught by League Certified Instructors. These classes are for citizens who want to improve their urban bike riding skills and include classroom, open lot and road instruction. Over 160 citizens completed these classes in 2010. One of the classes was bilingual (English and Spanish).
- In 2010, Arlington offered two Learn to Ride classes taught by League Certified Instructors. These classes are intended to teach adults how to ride a bike at a minimal fee. Over 30 citizens completed these classes in 2010, and almost all of them learned to ride a bicycle for the first time.
- Arlington County is distributing Safe Bicycling in the Washington Area booklets, written by the Washington Area Bicyclists Association as well as Sharing the Road in Virginia – Laws and Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Pedestrians written by BikeWalk Virginia. Both are available in English and Spanish.
City of Alexandria, Virginia
- The City of Alexandria installed four rapid flash beacons at locations across the City.
- To improve pedestrian and bicycle safety along a heavily used portion of the Mount Vernon Trail, the City installed the first bicycle signal in State of Virginia.
- Through a federal grant, the City is currently constructing a major trail connection at Eisenhower Avenue and Cameron Run Regional Park.
- The Alexandria City Council adopted an Eco-City initiative that includes a strong bicycle and pedestrian component.
- In 2010, along the Four Mile Run and Mount Vernon Trails, Alexandria installed nearly 300 free bicycle lights as part of the City’s annual “Got Lights?” initiative and timed to coincide with daylight savings time.
- Alexandria is offering Confident City Cycling (adult bicycle safety education) classes taught by League Certified Instructors. These classes are for citizens who want to improve their urban bike riding skills and include classroom, open lot and road instruction.
- Alexandria is distributing Safe Bicycling in the Washington Area booklets, written by the Washington Area Bicyclists Association as well as Sharing the Road in Virginia – Laws and Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Pedestrians written by BikeWalk Virginia. Both are available in English and Spanish.
City of Rockville, Maryland
- The City of Rockville built two miles of new sidewalk, consisting of nine individual sidewalk links and installed 92 handicapped-accessible ramps.
- Rapid Flash Beacon Crosswalk Enhancers were installed at two locations with heavy volumes of pedestrian activity. The City also updated an illuminated crosswalk.
- Several sidewalks were installed using the Safe Routes to School grant money.
- 110 signalized intersections within the City limits were assessed for pedestrian safety improvements. This assessment also included 52 uncontrolled crosswalks near schools, metro stations, community facilities and shopping centers.
- The Rockville Mayor and Council adopted a Complete Streets Policy which will make streets more accessible to all forms of transportation, including pedestrians and bicyclists
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