Thursday, May 31, 2012
Street Smart is a regional public safety campaign that has addressed the challenges of pedestrian and bicyclist safety since 2002. The campaign urges pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists to stay safe by following the law and sharing the road safely.
The Street Smart program is coordinated by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) and supported by federal funds, made available through state governments, and funding from some TPB member jurisdictions, including Montgomery County.
According to Street Smart, the Washington region ranks 20th out of the 52 largest metropolitan areas in pedestrian deaths per capita. On average, over 2,600 pedestrians and bicyclists are injured in the region every year and 89 are killed. Pedestrians and bicyclists account for 30 percent of the region’s traffic fatalities.
In Montgomery County, pedestrian collisions continue to decrease as a result of Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative to improve pedestrian safety. 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.
Visit the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Street Smart website
to learn more about the campaign. For other information about pedestrian safety in Montgomery County, visit the Department of Transportation’s website