Federal, State and Local Organizations Join Forces to Assess Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety on High-Priority Kansas City Corridor

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State and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups, the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation and BikeWalkKC, are joining forces with an array of agencies, organizations, and officials from the neighborhood level through city, state, and federal level to assess bicycle, pedestrian, and transit safety of a high-priority street in Kansas City.

“Missouri roads and streets can be made much safer for all of us who walk and bicycle in our communities and neighborhoods,” said Brent Hugh, Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation.
“We are very pleased to see Secretary Foxx, MoDOT, city officials, neighborhood groups, and a variety of agencies and officials all coming together to address this serious problem.”

The safety assessment, to be held Friday, March 27th, is part of a major coordinated national effort called “Safer People, Safer Streets” that is organized under the direction of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
Similar safety assessments are being held in communities large and small nationwide, in all fifty states. All assessment reports are forwarded directly to Secretary Foxx for his review.

The safety assessment is part of a larger effort–Foxx has issued a Challenge to Mayors to improve safety for biking and walking (six Missouri cities participating already) and has arranged for a series of cities across the nation, including Kansas City, to develop Pedestrian Safety Action Plans.

The team leading Friday’s Safety Assessment hopes to be able to complete further similar Safety Assessments in Missouri later this year.

More about Friday’s bike, ped, and transit safety assessment from the Task Force:

Safer People, Safer Streets

Federal, State and Local Organizations Join Forces to Assess Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO – In September 2014, Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation Anthony Foxx launched Safer People, Safer Streets with the goal of reducing the growing number of pedestrian and bicycle injuries and fatalities across the United States. As part of the 18-month initiative, all 50 States will conduct road safety assessments spearheaded by various DOT modes.

MODOT
Kansas City Pedestrian, Bicycle and Transit Safety Assessment, March 27, 2015
Approximately 45 persons from neighborhoods, special interest organizations, Local, State and Federal agencies will gather on March 27, 2015 to conduct the Missouri Pedestrian/Bicycle/Transit Safety Assessment on the Prospect Avenue Corridor from 22nd St. to 39th St. in Kansas City. Teams of walkers, bicycle riders and public transit users will perform a safety assessment. The three teams (about 15 individuals on each) will conduct on-site assessments (on foot, and on bicycles) noting safety and mobility issues for pedestrians, transit users,and bicyclists and to identify potentially dangerous safety gaps within the Prospect Avenue Corridor. Each team will have a checklist from which they will conduct their assessment. The corridor being assessed has been identified as a “Corridor of Concern” by the Mid-America Regional Council due to the high number of pedestrian crashes there.
Following the assessment, the groups will reconvene to discuss findings that will be compiled and presented in a report to US DOT Secretary Foxx, the City of Kansas City, Missouri and to the KCATA.

WHO: Representatives from fifteen local, State and Federal organizations– (see attached list)

WHAT: Missouri (Kansas City) Pedestrian, Bicycle and Transit Safety Assessment

WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Friday March 27, 2015

WHERE: Prospect Avenue at 39th St. KCMO; teams will travel north on Prospect as they conduct their assessments—approximately 2 miles

WHY: To reverse the recent nationwide increase in pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and injuries from traffic accidents

To identify the safety challenges faced by non-motorized travelers

To provide engineers, planners and other partners with tools and innovative strategies to create safer people and safer streets

Pedestrian/Bicycle Fatalities on the Rise

Nationally, fatalities and injuries among pedestrians and bicyclists are on the rise even as fatalities and injuries among all transportation users are declining. In 2012, 4743 pedestrians and 726 cyclists were killed in collisions with motor vehicles, — more than a 15% increase from 2009. Pedestrians represent 14% of all people killed in motor-vehicle crashes.

Low-income areas impacted

Pedestrian fatalities occur disproportionately in low-income areas. High income areas have half as many pedestrian deaths as low income areas where people more likely rely on walking, bicycling and transit to access jobs, school, retail and health care. Lower income neighborhoods are less likely to have sidewalks and other pedestrian infrastructure.

Area Statistics

There were 1,088 pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in the City of Kansas City between 2009 and 2013, which represent 1.3 percent of all crashes during that period. Pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes tend to be more severe than other crashes – despite representing only 1.3% of all crashes they comprise 19% of all fatalities and 9% of all injuries in the city.

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(Click to view full-sized infographic in PDF format.)
More information about this initiative, including links to full-sized graphics, is HERE

Photo and graphic credit:
• U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (credit USDOT)
• Kansas City Pedestrian Injury Heatmap (credit Mid-America Regional Council)
• Kansas City Pedestrian Injury Infographic (credit Mid-America Regional Council)

Participating Organizations
Missouri Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Assessment March 27, 2015

Federal Transit Administration
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Federal Highway Administration
City of Kansas City, Missouri
Mid-America Regional Council
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
AARP
Local Neighborhood Assn (to come)
MoDOT
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
Health and Human Services
University of Kansas Transportation Center
BikeWalkKC
Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation
U.S. EPA Region 7
Mayor’s Office (pending)

Brent Hugh

Dr. Brent D. Hugh has two bachelor’s degrees and three graduate degrees in the fields of mathematics and music performance from Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has been webmaster, president, and now Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation. Under his leadership, MoBikeFed has grown from an organization with a few dozen members and $500 annual budget to the current membership of over 1400 active members and over $200,000 budget. MoBikeFed is a statewide advocacy organization that works to make the state a better, safer place to walk and bicycle.

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