As part of a campaign to reduce pedestrian deaths, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is making $2 million in pedestrian safety grants available to cities with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths, and along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is launching a one-stop shop (
NHTSA: Pedestrian Safety) with safety tips and resources for local leaders, city planners, parents and others involved in improving pedestrian safety.
"Whether you live in a city or a small town, and whether you drive a car, take the bus or ride a train, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "We all have a reason to support pedestrian safety, and now, everyone has new tools to help make a difference."
States have until Aug. 30 to apply for a total of $2 million that can be used for education and enforcement initiatives in 22 focus cities where pedestrian deaths are greater than the national average. Is your city one of them?
Here are the cities where NHTSA says pedestrian deaths occur with greater frequency than the national average:
Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Ft. Worth, TX; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Louisville, KY; Miami, FL; Newark, NJ; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; St. Louis, MO; San Francisco, CA; Stockton, CA: Tulsa, OK; Washington, DC.
According to NHTSA data, 4,432 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2011 – an 8 percent increase since 2009. NHTSA provided a breakdown of those numbers, which showed that three out of four pedestrian deaths occurred in urban areas and 70 percent of those killed were at non-intersections. In addition, 70 percent of deaths occurred at night and many involved alcohol.
"We are committed to making roads, highways and bridges safer for pedestrians," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. "We're working to create safer environments for everyone, whether it's getting proven safety measures onto roads and at intersections or sharing online resources with schools, teachers, and parents that teach kids pedestrian safety."