National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Holds Pedestrian Safety Forum
“Pedestrian safety is an issue I care deeply about,” NTSB Vice Chairman T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH declared in her closing remarks at an all-day NTSB forum on pedestrian safety on May 10, 2016. Panelists included APBP members, long-time researchers, urban planners, highway engineers and well-known transportation policy advocates. They offered resources, stories, and calls for change. The forum was live-streamed and can be viewed for 90 days once it is posted. A transcript may also be available.
Photo credit: NYC DOT (2011) via http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/05/13/new.york.skeleton.speed.signs/ Today, New York City’s city-wide speed limit is 25 mph – a clear signal to drivers that the safety of pedestrians (and bicyclists) is top priority under the city’s Vision Zero policy.
In closing the forum, NTSB Vice Chairman Dinh-Zarr observed: “We know that our work is just beginning as this forum is ending ... we shed light on a number of areas of pedestrian safety. We have gained some tools we need to prevent pedestrian deaths and injuries. But, as expected in any good forum, we have also learned that we need to support each other effectively and practically to implement in schools, neighborhoods, communities, towns and cities across the nation, and around the world, the lessons we are constantly learning … to make walking as safe as possible. …we should focus on the most vulnerable. In this case, it is pedestrians and cyclists. But even within the pedestrian field ...we should focus on the most vulnerable of those, the children, the elderly, people in wheelchairs. In that way, we can make things safer for everyone.”
Read more about the forum in the USDOT’s blog post written by APBP member Barbara McCann.