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Department of Transportation to Present New Approach to Address Increasing Number of Pedestrian Fatalities Within the City

Published on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 5:55 am
A view of a damaged car after a driver struck and killed a pedestrian on washinton Boulevard in October, 2020. [Photo by RMG News]

Pasadena’s  Department of Transportation will present its new approach to address traffic safety throughout the city before the Transportation Advisory Commission on Thursday, June 23 at 4 p.m.

According to the report by Director of Transportation Laura Rubio-Cornejo, the city will transition to “Safe System Approach” to address the increasing number of pedestrian fatalities.

Rubio-Cornejo said this approach was recently adopted by the Federal Highway Administration and is based on domestic and international safety research.

Historically, the Pasadena’s DOT has used a multifaceted approach which includes engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation to address traffic safety throughout the city.

“While this program has been effective at reducing collisions within the city by providing a comprehensive approach to traffic safety and identifying implementable solutions, pedestrian fatalities resulting from traffic collisions continue to increase.”

“In response to the trend of pedestrian fatalities within the city, the existing principal of ensuring Pasadena will be a city where people can circulate without cars and objective to encourage walking, biking, transit and other alternatives to motor vehicles, DOT has shifted its approach to transportation planning and traffic safety to the Safe System Approach,” the report stated.

The Safe Systems Approach will eliminate fatal and serious injuries for all road users “through a holistic view of the road system that first anticipates human mistakes and second keeps impact energy on the human body at tolerable levels,” according to the report.

The implementation of a Safe System approach will be achieved through five Safe System Elements including Safe Road Users, Safe Vehicles, Safe Speeds, Safe Roads and Post-Crash Care.

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2 thoughts on “Department of Transportation to Present New Approach to Address Increasing Number of Pedestrian Fatalities Within the City

  • OMG???? This is the same City staff recommended reinstalling the unsafe unsignalized crosswalk at Washington and Hudson, which was take out it in the early 90’s due to multiple accidents and fatalities. Touchy feely programs don’t have the professionally documented statistical effectiveness of traffic signals for stopping cars and allowing pedestrian’s to cross safely. This recommendation willl open the City to liability for the first person killed or injured at this unsafe crossing. The City staff knows of this condition and refused to stand up to those advocating this unsafe crosswalk. So this “dog and pony’ show will be interesting to hear.

  • When I was young they thought us to watch out for traffic. Now they say go ahead, step out into traffic, they will stop. Sure, what could possibly go wrong there.