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Safety Advisory: Look Out for Pedestrians and Bicyclists on International Walk and Bike to School Day…and Every Day!

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Foxx and Deputy Secretary Mendez will participate in the 18th Annual Walk to School Day, which is meant to inspire community-based events to celebrate health, a sense of community, and most importantly, safety. Students, parents, school officials, and community leaders walk or bicycle to school together annually for International Walk to School Day. Secretary Foxx will walk to school with children from Cotswold Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C.

Helping Pedestrians Stay Safe

Today, we’re seeing a significant change in Americans’ transportation choices. Americans are voting with their feet—by walking, running, and cycling—for alternative ways to get around. And when you think about it, everyone is a pedestrian at some point during the day because we all step off the curb or walk across a parking lot on our way to work, shop, or play.

But, as Americans are increasingly walking or biking, we’ve seen an increase in pedestrian and cyclist deaths. In 2012 alone, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes and tens of thousands more were injured. That’s one pedestrian’s life lost every two hours and one injured every seven minutes.

At DOT and NHTSA, we’re working to provide support for enforcement and to spread information that will help protect everyone on the road. As part of our “Everyone is a Pedestrian” initiative, we announced last Friday that we are awarding three states approximately $1.6 million to help implement new initiatives for their Pedestrian Safety Action Plans....

Photo of David Friedman of NHTSA announcing the grants in New York's Times Square

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Winners of Pedestrian Safety Grants

Louisville, New York City and Philadelphia to Receive Funding to Raise Awareness, Provide Education, Increase Enforcement

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced that Louisville, Philadelphia and New York City will receive grants totaling approximately $1.6 million for public education and enforcement initiatives to improve pedestrian safety.  The new grants are part of the Department’s Everyone Is a Pedestrian campaign to help communities combat the rising number of pedestrian deaths and injuries that have occurred from 2009 through 2012.

Kids are back to school; let's keep them safe

It's "Back to School" time, the season when the daylight hours grow shorter and our roads grow busier.  It's also time to get street smart.

Fewer daylight hours can make it harder for motorists to see young students. So, whether your kids are walking, riding a bicycle, or catching a school bus or other public transportation to travel to and from school, please take a few moments to talk to them about safety.

Collage of photos from NHTSA Parents Central website

On its Parents Central website, our National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers a wide range of safe transportation practices for kids on the move.