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D.C. Releases Final Pedestrian Safety Plan

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By Robert Thomson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) yesterday released the final version of the city's plan to improve pedestrian safety.

The primary goals are to reduce the number of people hit by cars and to restore walking as a way of life by making it easier and safer to do.

The master plan, which challenges a century of car culture, infuses city planning with the concept that pedestrians have as much right to the streets as motorists do. The plan, under development for two years, includes recommendations that raise consciousness on safety issues, and it sets guidelines for engineers to follow as they design street and sidewalk projects.

Among the safety recommendations to D.C. agencies and organizations:

-- Ensure that all transportation and real estate development projects include safe and convenient pedestrian facilities.

-- Construct sidewalks on streets that lack them.

-- Improve pedestrian access and safety at uncontrolled crossings and intersections.

-- Improve pedestrian access and safety at bus stops.

-- Revise the D.C. Department of Transportation Design and Engineering Manual to better address pedestrian safety and accessibility.

-- Train roadway planners and designers to make sure they understand the new safety policies and practices.

-- Increase motorist penalties for infractions that affect pedestrian safety.

-- Expand the speed camera enforcement program.

-- Teach people the rules of the road and the benefits of walking.

To view the pedestrian plan, visit http://ddot.dc.gov/ddot/cwp/view,a,1245,q,646782,ddotNav_GID,1761,ddotNav,{vbar}34416{vbar}.asp.


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