Guidelines for Pedestrian Safety in Communities
Communities that are designed to be friendly to bikers and pedestrians can be safer for all residents. The Department of Transportation and other agencies are responsible for increasing pedestrian safety and integrating walking and biking into the wider transportation network. The Department of Transportation has released recommendations that can help local communities enhance their current roadways to make walking not just more attractive but also safer and more accessible for all residents.
1. All forms of transportation should be considered equal. Walking is a healthy and efficient way to make short trips and should be given the same planning and consideration as other transportation methods.
2. All people including children should have access to appropriate transportation methods, and facilities should be accessible for people of all abilities. Pedestrians, bicyclists and children should be able to enjoy safe, efficient transportation whether walking or riding.
3. Agencies should consider going above and beyond the minimum standards when creating walking, biking or shared-use paths. This allows more people to use them comfortably and reduces the need for later retrofitting. Limited-access bridges should be used to connect paths, streets and other roadways.
4. Perform maintenance on sidewalks and paths. Snow removal and other services should be performed on walkways just as they are on roadways.
5. Identify transportation needs. Communities should collect data on walkers and cyclists to ensure that all citizens’ transportation needs are being met appropriately and to provide information for future projects or enhancements.