MoDOT, Trailnet and Metro Transit Kickoff Motorist, Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety
ST. LOUIS - Many Missourians rely on walking and bicycling for transportation options. While both provide health, financial, and environmental benefits, they also increase the risk of receiving serious or fatal injuries if involved in a motor vehicle crash.
The Missouri Department of Transportation, Trailnet and Metro Transit are partnering to kick off the "Safe Roads for All" initiative on Thursday May 1 to enforce the need for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to share the road and be aware of one another's safety.
The press conference will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Missouri History Museum located at the intersection of Lindell and DeBaliviere on the north side of Forest Park. The Museum's street address is 5700 Lindell, St. Louis MO, 63112. Immediately following, leaders of these transportation agencies will lead a safety ride and walk from the Missouri History Museum to the St. Louis Downtown Bicycle Station representing the importance of sharing the road.
Alison Kinderfather will be a speaker at the news conference which will kick off the joint safety initiative. Her mother was hit by a car while waiting to cross the street.
During May, there is a significant increase in both bicyclists and pedestrians on Missouri roads. In the last few years, pedestrian fatalities comprise 10% of Missouri's traffic crash fatalities. There were 2,161 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes from 2011 to 2013 where 219 of them were pedestrians. That is a 2% increase in pedestrian deaths from the previous three-year period.
Another 2,976 pedestrians were injured in Missouri traffic crashes from 2011 to 2013. Pedestrian safety improvements depend on an integrated approach that involves engineering, enforcement, education and emergency services.
Joining Kinderfather as a speaker, there will also be local officials speaking on the importance of sharing the road. The speakers are as follows:
Greg Horn, MoDOT St. Louis District Engineer
Ann Mack, CEO of Trailnet
John Nations, CEO and President of Metro Transit
Lieutenant Carlos Ross, Commander, Traffic Safety, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
Pat Dolan, St. Louis County Council, District 5
As the weather gets warmer, more people will be walking and biking. Please be aware of all users of the road. Following are more important safety tips for all bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists on the road:
For more information, visit savemolives.com, trailnet.org or metrostlouis.org.
- Obey all signs and signals and respect all road users.
- A few minutes ‘saved' through speeding endangers all users.
- Try to get eye contact with other road users when proceeding through an intersection.
- Check your right mirror for bicyclists before getting into the right hand turn lane - this is one of the most common car/bicycle crashes. Check right, save a life!
- Pedestrians need to use sidewalks. If you must walk in the street, walk single file, facing traffic and stay close to the edge of the road.
Be Safe. Be Seen. Arrive Alive.