NCTCOG To Give Overview Of Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Monday Evening

Andrew Greenstein
June 05, 2019 - 6:13 pm
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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - With North Texas being one of the most dangerous regions in the country for pedestrians, officials are looking into ways to make it safer for them.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments will be giving an overview of its Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Monday evening.

"We have one of the highest crash rates in the country for motor vehicles hitting pedestrians and bicyclists on the roadway," says Kevin Kokes with the Council of Governments. "We average about 130 fatalities each year within our region alone."

Kokes says infrastructure issues play a key role in the high number of auto-pedestrian crashes.

"That can be as simple as a missing sidewalk or a gap in the sidewalk network," says Kokes, "or even an accessible ramp for someone who might be in a wheelchair to cross an intersection, or maybe a wide intersection that lacks approproate crossings or street lighting."

Kokes says there are some things that pedestrians and bike riders can do to better protect themselves.

"If you're going to walk in the dark, you should wear appropriate reflective clothing or have lighting or some other way that a motorist can see you so that they can react in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian or bicyclist," Kokes says.

The public meeting begins at 6:00 Monday evening at the Council of Governments headquarters, 616 Six Flags Dr., Arlington.

Between now and then, the Council of Governments invites you to fill out an online survey.