November is Pedestrian Safety Month in Fairfax County
Nov. 20, 2008
Shorter days an important time to raise awareness of pedestrian safety
for both drivers and pedestrians.
- Fairfax County has implemented a variety of pedestrian safety efforts and access improvements.
- Pedestrian safety tips, projects and accomplishments can be found online.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed November as Pedestrian Safety Month in Fairfax County. Chairman Gerald E. Connolly noted that as days grow shorter and Daylight Savings Time ends in November, it is most appropriate at this time of year to raise awareness of pedestrian safety for both drivers and pedestrians.
There have been four pedestrian fatalities to date this year in Fairfax County; the average is between 10 and 20 pedestrian deaths per year and another 300 injuries. Sustained success, Connolly pointed out, requires a continued commitment to ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety. All county drivers, cyclists and pedestrians need to work together to prevent future pedestrian and bicycle injuries and fatalities, making the streets safer for all who use them.
During the past six years, the county has worked jointly with other local jurisdictions to increase the public’s awareness of pedestrian safety by emphasizing the “three Es”approach to safety: enforcement, education and engineering. Fairfax County is participating in the current regional StreetSmart Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Awareness Campaign.
Through funding and strong support from the Board of Supervisors, there have been increased pedestrian safety efforts and access improvements. Pedestrian safety projects and initiatives through the Fairfax County Department of Transportation and Police Department include:
- Approving additional installations of “Yield to Pedestrian - $100 to $500 Fine” signs, now totaling nearly 400 at locations throughout the county.
- Adding a bus stop coordinator and bicycle program coordinator to better implement county goals for non-motorized transportation programs, in addition to the county’s pedestrian program manager.
- Approving changes in the Public Facilities Manual that will require sidewalks on both sides of roadways in most new developments.
- Providing for increased police enforcement in high-pedestrian crash areas such as Richmond Highway, Lee Highway and Arlington Boulevard.
- Implementing recommendations from the Pedestrian Task Force’s Final Report, such as identifying $48 million toward the 10-year funding goal of $60 million and directing staff to emphasize pedestrian safety as a county priority in all areas of county business.
Further information on Fairfax County’s pedestrian program is available online or by calling Fairfax County Pedestrian Program Manager Chris Wells at 703-324-1100, TTY 711.
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