Philadelphia, April 25, 2014 – The City of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that the City was selected for a for a $525,000 grant by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to expand pedestrian safety education and enforcement efforts. Philadelphia is one of only three cities nationally to receive a grant among dozens that applied. Philadelphia was the only city in Pennsylvania that met the criteria to be considered for the grant.
“We reduced pedestrian involved accidents in Philadelphia by 10 percent between 2007 and 2012, but our work is far from done,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “I am honored that NHTSA and FHWA recognized the great working relationship that the City of Philadelphia has with PennDOT. These funds are going to help make Philadelphia a national model for pedestrian safety efforts.”
PennDOT’s Highway Safety Office worked with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities to update the City’s Pedestrian Safety Plan, which served as the basis for the grant application.
The plan calls for innovative outreach strategies near high-crash locations including targeted social media use, an updated police pedestrian training video, and bus and subway advertising. Enforcement and follow up evaluation also are part of the plan.
“Pedestrian safety is a top priority for the Department,” said Anthony Foxx, United States Transportation Secretary. “Through a combination of education, enforcement, and improvements to walking routes themselves, today’s grant will improve pedestrian safety in Philadelphia while serving as a model for communities across the country.”
PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said it is important that the city and state work together. “We made the case with the federal government that an investment of resources would make a difference for pedestrian safety. We welcome such opportunities to enhance safety in Pennsylvania.”