TRANSPLEX: How do we make our roads safer for our most vulnerable travelers?
Thursday, October 13, 2011
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT
Orlando, FL, United States
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William Roll, Project Manager for the Florida Statewide Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, will facilitate this discussion in which we will brainstorm the characteristics of the pedestrian crash problem and short term and long term strategies for improving pedestrian safety. The State of Florida had the second highest number of pedestrian fatalities in 2010. While other fast growing Sunbelt States such as Arizona, Nevada, California, New Mexico and Texas also have higher per capita pedestrian crash fatality rates than the national average, Florida's rate is 50 percent higher than California's rate, 62 percent higher than Texas's rate, and 85 percent above the national average. In light of these statistics, The Florida Department of Transportation, in cooperation with its safety partners and stakeholders, will be developing and implementing a State of Florida Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP). In this Brainstorming Forum we will discuss some of the findings from the yet to be released PSAP. From the forum, the attendees will appreciate the challenges facing transportation safety communities: Do we really know what the problems are? What policy initiatives are most effective? What strategies are practical? How do we make our roads safer for our most vulnerable travelers?