Pedestrian-Safety-Forum

 

Arizona is the second deadliest state for pedestrians. The MAG Pedestrian Safety Forum addresses this specific issue. At the request of MAG's Management Committee, MAG hosted the Regional Leaders Pedestrian Safety Forum in December, 2019. In early 2020, MAG will distribute a survey to all attendees to obtain feedback, to discuss “next steps” and a potential annual event.

The Management Committee consists of the chief administrators from each member agency, such as the jurisdiction's city or town manager, the county manager from Maricopa County, and the chief administrative officer of each Native nation.

Top safety experts from around the country shared their successful strategies of improving pedestrian safety at the 2019 Pedestrian Safety Forum.

The forum demonstrated a collaborative approach by cities and towns throughout the region to address safety in all corners of the Valley. Across the nation between 2009 and 2018, motor vehicle fatalities increased 8%. During that same period pedestrian fatalities increased 53%. A report published by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) in February 2019 stated that 46% of all the pedestrian fatalities occurred within 5 states. One of those states was Arizona. The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area ranked 8th in the nation when looking at pedestrian fatality rates per 100,000 people.

At the forum, representatives from the city of Phoenix examined the anatomy of pedestrian crashes. Participants participated in a group activity called "Walk in My Shoes" that looked at pedestrian and driver behaviors and determined how best to plan and design elements for pedestrian safety.

Forum Agenda and Presentations

 

  Photo Gallery

Arizona Federal Highway Administrator Karla Petty pedestrian deaths are unacceptable

Arizona Federal Highway Administration Arizona Administrator Karla Petty stating how pedestrian deaths are unacceptable.

City and town managers and safety practitioners participate in walk in my shoes group activity

Maricopa region managers and safety practitioners participate in the "Walk In My Shoes" group activity.

Interactive Poll - What one word comes to mind when you hear 'Pedestrian Safety?'

Interactive poll - What one word comes to mind when you hear "Pedestrian Safety?"

MAG Executive Director Eric Anderson highlighting the importance of the pedestrian safety forum

MAG Executive Director Eric Anderson highlighting the importance of the Pedestrian Safety Forum.

Neptune Beach, Florida Vice Mayor Fred Jones addressing questions from Channel 3 New

Neptune Beach, Florida Vice Mayor Fred Jones addressing questions from Channel 3 News.

New York City Safety Policy Director Rob Viola - Shifting Public Opinion

New York City Safety Policy Director Rob Viola presents "Shifting Public Opinion."

Phoenix Deputy City Manager Mario Paniagua opens local pedestrian safety panel

Phoenix Deputy City Manager Mario Paniagua opens the local pedestrian safety panel.

Traffic Engineering Supervisor Carl Langford - Phoenix Pedestrian Safety Task Force

Traffic Engineering Supervisor Carl Langford presents the "Phoenix Pedestrian Safety Task Force."

Walk in My Shoes group activity

"Walk in My Shoes" group activity.

Transportation Safety Program Manager
Margaret Herrera

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The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is a Council of Governments (COG) that serves as the regional planning agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

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