Bicycle and pedestrian crashes continue to claim more than 150 lives each year in the Maricopa region and pedestrian involved crashes have steadily risen with increases in both injuries and fatalities. Pedestrian fatalities increased 96 percent over a 10-year period (2011-2020). Bicycle crashes have claimed more than 18 riders’ lives each year on average during the same period. In 2020, one third of all traffic fatalities in the MAG region were pedestrians or people riding a bicycle.
Research finds that most bicycle and pedestrian crashes happen when drivers, cyclists and pedestrians fail to see one another. “See Me AZ” seeks to raise awareness of pedestrian and motorist laws and change the behaviors that lead to pedestrian and cyclist crashes and fatalities.
"The safety of everyone on our roads is critically important. We know that traffic crashes involving pedestrian deaths are a growing public health concern and that we need to quickly figure out the root causes, as we all share the responsibility when it comes to road safety."
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, chair of the MAG Regional Council