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Secty. Foxx Announces US DOT Action Plan: Increase Walking & Biking & Reduce Pedestrian and Bicyclist Fatalities 


“If you are walking or bicycling, it is every bit as important to US DOT as any other mode of transportation.”—US DOT Secty Anthony Foxx.
USDOT Secty. Anthony Foxx
Fred Kent, Project for Public Spaces President, to Secty Foxx, "We are your allies, your advocates, and your army."
We gave US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx standing ovations as he announced Safer People, Safer Streets, Safer Policies, a new initiative to raise the bar for pedestrian and bicyclist safety. This comprehensive, coordinated approach aims to bring bicyclist and pedestrian safety to the same level of safety as other modes. “Right now is the safest time to fly, drive, take a train, and take a ship,“ he said. “For pedestrians and bicyclists this is not the safest time to travel: injuries are up, not down, deaths are up, not down.” Closing the gaps in bicycle and pedestrian networks, especially in low-income communities, is his top priority. The Secretary also clearly noted this initiative is not just about mobility. Encouraging more biking and walking is rewarded by economic growth. (Check out the US DOT Safer People, Safer Streets Action Plan)

The Secretary established a Pedestrian Bicyclist Safety Action Team within US DOT, and recently used a series of walking and biking assessments to bring key federal and other multi-disciplinary stakeholders together to identify gaps. US DOT will lead assessments in every state in the country. They will release and encourage state DOTs to use a suite of new tools over the next 18 months, including a comprehensive road diet guide.

The Secretary closed by asking us to also step up. “We are going to do what we can. We need you to raise your voices to demand Congress act on a long-term surface bill.”

Peer Perspectives: What People are Thinking

What’s the most valuable part of the conference for your work?:
“Social capital. The connections made by meeting face-to-face cannot be beat. Great minds doing great things, Being in the same space is the best way to share knowledge.” —Kim Lucas, Capital Bikeshare, Washington, DC

What lesson have you learned here that will make the most difference in your work?: “Engaging people early on and being inclusive helps create better functioning plans and projects that are better accepted.”—Jacob Mason, ITDP, Washington, DC
What session has been your favorite so far (as of breakfast Wednesday)?:
Vision Zero. Education of bicyclists and drivers will be really important. But the session on safety campaigns today will be my favorite session.” —Kieran Miller, City of Fredericton, NB, first time PWPBPP Participant
 
What have been your “aha” moments?:
  • "Guerilla painting of a ponytail on a sharrow: I never realized this [symbol] is gender-biased. Does the ponytail humanize it? Would people react differently? Would they personalize the sharrow if it had a ponytail?”
  • “Advocates need to creatively showcase their work to their members. Both the advocates and the city should receive accolades when the ribbon is cut. Members need to know the work requires us to constantly navigate relationships. It won’t get done without member support.”
  • “There is a huge difference in the number of people who use facilities that have promotions versus those without. Even a small amount of money can let people know the facility is there and can connect them to it.” —Jennifer Allen, Trailnet, St. Louis
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