“Walk in My Shoes”
Pedestrian Safety Forum Seeks Solutions to Pedestrian Crashes
For Immediate ReleaseContact: Kelly Taft, MAG, 602-452-5020
PHOENIX (December 13, 2019)—Have you ever been about to cross at a signal light when a driver suddenly turns right? Or perhaps you were reading a text and suddenly realized you nearly stepped into traffic? Regardless of who is at fault in pedestrian crashes, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) believes it’s time to quit placing blame and focus on raising awareness of pedestrian safety issues so that everyone can be smarter and safer on our streets.
Arizona is the second deadliest state for pedestrians. At the request of the MAG Management Committee, MAG will host the Regional Leaders Pedestrian Safety Forum on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. The Management Committee consist 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.
"As an agency committed to addressing issues that cross jurisdictional boundaries, we know that it will take a collaborative approach to improving safety in all corners of the Valley," said MAG Executive Director Eric Anderson. "We are grateful to our Management Committee for calling for this forum to engage in a critical safety discussion."
Top safety experts from around the country will share their successful strategies in improving pedestrian safety. Representatives from the city of Phoenix will look at the anatomy of pedestrian crashes, and participants will join in a group activity called "Walk in My Shoes" to look at pedestrian and driver behaviors and determine how best to plan and design elements for pedestrian safety.
"As a region, we need to face the brutal reality that we have a significant pedestrian safety problem that needs to be fixed" said Anderson. "A key goal of the forum is to help us all get a new perspective on the pedestrian safety issue and a better understanding of the challenges we face in creating changes in awareness and behavior."
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