The Austin Transportation Department has released the draft Pedestrian Safety Action Plan for public review and comment. As a comprehensive strategy for improving citywide pedestrian safety, the PSAP builds on crash data analysis, sociodemographic information and national studies on pedestrian safety to offer 21 recommendations in engineering, education, enforcement, evaluation, policy/land use and partners/funding.
After incorporating public comment, the PSAP will be brought to City Council for a briefing in late 2017. The PSAP will be adopted under the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, which is currently under development and is expected to be brought before City Council in 2018.
The PSAP is a major component of the City’s ongoing implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan, the goal of which is to reduce traffic-related deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2025. Public outreach for the PSAP resulted in nearly 3,000 comments from Austin residents on their top pedestrian safety concerns, which included lack of sidewalks, speeding and people failing to yield.