An analysis at the recent CountyStat review of Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative showed that County efforts to improve pedestrian safety are having a positive effect.
Since 2005, pedestrian collisions per 100,000 residents have fallen from 46.7 in 2005 to 40.5 in 2011, and the severity of those collisions decreased.
The reductions in collisions are most notable in the County’s High Incidence Areas (locations targeted as having the highest density of collisions), areas around schools improved under the Safe Routes to Schools program and locations where traffic calming measures have been completed.
One of the biggest successes of the Initiative has been the Safe Routes to School program where engineering improvements at 129 schools, bolstered by education and enforcement actions, have significantly reduced pedestrian collisions. The collision rate dropped from 1.45 to .4 incidents a year at some of the areas around schools with the highest number of collisions.
CountyStat conducts periodic reviews of the components of the Pedestrian Safety Initiative that have played a critical and valuable role in the program. By reviewing data, the County works to assure that effective strategies are being employed to improve pedestrian safety. These reviews provide vital information on how to most efficiently target resources to reduce the number of pedestrian collisions in the County.
See the full CountyStat presentation.