Pedestrian Safety

Walking is the most primitive form of transportation and the least expensive. Walking generates daily pedestrian (pedestrian means any person traveling by foot and any mobility impaired person using a wheelchair) trips– to the mail box, to the park, to transit stops, and/or to schools, etc. Bicycling is an inexpensive way to travel whether for utilitarian or recreational purposes resulting in many benefits. Both forms of travel improve personal and environmental health, reduce personal transportation expenses, enhance quality of life, and generate economic benefits. There is a growing need and responsibility to provide more opportunity to walk and bike more often to more places safely. Gulf Regional Planning Commission works with Federal Highway Administration, Mississippi Department of Transportation, city and county governments and local and state advocacy groups to provide long range planning within the three coastal counties. The pedestrian and bicycle program works with the region to expand and improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The following are a number of responsibilities of the program.

  1. Inventory and map existing and proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian facilities
  2. Work with local jurisdictions and advocacy groups to identify priority projects
  3. Identify roads that are suitable for bicycle commuting or travel
  4. Assist local governments in seeking grant funds
  5. Assist local governments with Safe Routes To School projects
  6. Promote Complete Streets –safe and convenient access for all users
  7. Work with local partners and advocacy groups

IN 2010, 4,280 PEDESTRIANS DIED IN TRAFFIC CRASHES – A 4% INCREASE FROM THE NUMBER REPORTED IN 2009
Complete NHTSA Fact sheet

Resources:

Pedestrian and Bicycle Resource Agencies and Advocacy Groups Gulf Regional Planning Commission is fortunate to have the opportunity to call upon the many dedicated people who promote and implement bicycle and pedestrian related projects. The following are a number of pro active resource groups that are making things happen: