The Safe System Approach at the State and National Level
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) have taken proactive steps to adopt the Safe System Approach. NJDOT is committed to the vision of achieving zero fatalities on all public roads by the year 2050. Similarly, the National Roadway Safety Strategy states that USDOT is dedicated to reducing severe and fatal injuries on the nation’s roads and that “zero is the only acceptable number of deaths on our highways, roads, and streets.” The Federal Highway Administration is also working with the vision “Zero is our goal; A safe system is how we get there.” They actively collaborate with transportation communities at the state and community levels to fulfill these commitments to implement comprehensive safety measures.
Complete Streets inherently promotes safe road infrastructure by incorporating design features that reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes. Vision Zero aims to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries, while the Safe System Approach provides the framework to achieve this goal through a combination of factors, including road design.
The connection between Complete Streets, Vision Zero, and the Safe System Approach is undeniable. These approaches share a common commitment to creating safer and more accessible streets for everyone. Complete Streets designs prioritize safety through infrastructure improvements that accommodate all road users. This alignment with the goals of Vision Zero and the Safe System Approach underscores the importance of these concepts in achieving our goal: eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries on our roadways.
As we move forward in our mission to reshape transportation planning and design, there is no better time to engage with these transformative ideas. Consider joining the movement if you’re passionate about creating safer streets and championing these innovative approaches. Stay informed about events, webinars, and local initiatives that promote these concepts, and connect with organizations like New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center dedicated to these causes.
Find out more about NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center at njbikeped.org.
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Learn more about the Summit at njbikeped.org/2023-nj-complete-streets-summit.