Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety

Definition: Pedestrian safety requires that children have safe places to walk and play, are properly supervised when they are in the vicinity of traffic, and learn to use caution when crossing streets.

Magnitude of the Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2008:

  • Approximately 69,000 pedestrians were injured across the U.S; approximately 13,000 of those injured were age 14 and younger.
  • 4,378 pedestrians were killed; 207 were children age 14 and younger.
  • 43% of youth pedestrian fatalities were between the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians:

  • 49% of pedestrian fatalities occurred on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
  • January 1st (New Year's Day) and October 31st (Halloween) are the two most deadly days of the year for pedestrians.

Prevention: Strategies for improving pedestrian safety include:

  • providing safe places for children to walk and play,
  • better lighting,
  • clear sidewalks--including snow removal in the winter so pedestrians do not need to walk in the street, and
  • traffic calming techniques.

Traumatic Brain Injury among Children and Youth: Understanding TBI and One Model State Program

Reports of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) among adults, particularly in professional sports, are often in the news. But what about TBIs among children and youth? In 2012, an estimated 329,290 children (age 19 or younger) were treated in emergency departments (EDs) for sports and recreation-related injuries that included a diagnosis of concussion or TBI. From 2001 to 2012, the rate of ED visits for sports and recreation-related injuries with a diagnosis of concussion or TBI, alone or in combination with other injuries, more than doubled among children (age 19 or younger).

CSN Webinar
Feb 21 2019

Fifth Safe Routes to School National Conference

April 5-7, 2016

Columbus, Ohio

National bicycle and pedestrian safety experts and health professionals will connect the dots between active transportation and health.

A myriad of keynote and break out sessions will inform and inspire your work.

Ohio has one of the most dynamic Safe Routes to School programs in the country. At this conference you’ll see and hear about its many nationally-recognized innovations.

Learn more about the conference and register

Apr 05 2016

Webinar: The Role of Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Funding Safe Routes to School

In the last transportation bill, Congress combined the Safe Routes to School program with other bicycling and walking funding streams to create the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Congress also gave large metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) decision-making authority over which projects to fund in their regions. 

Webinar (Non CSN)
Dec 08 2015

Ten Years of Safe Routes to School - Celebrating Successes and Looking Toward the Future | Safe Routes to School

Date: Wednesday, September 23

Time: 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time

In August 2005, Congress passed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). This transportation bill included a new Federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program that aimed to improve the ability of primary and middle school students to walk and bike to school safely.  Since then, the program has reached more than 6.8 million students in over 17,400 K-8 schools in all fifty States and the District of Columbia.

Webinar (Non CSN)
Sep 23 2015

Pedestrian Safety

On average, 67,124 pedestrians under the age of 19 are injured every year in the U.S. resulting in 704 deaths.[1] With Halloween -- the most dangerous day of the year for child pedestrians [2] -- right around the corner, this Children's Safety Network webinar will explore what drives these numbers and what can be done to prevent pedestrian injuries. Heidi Coleman and Kristie Johnson from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will describe trends in pedestrian injuries and fatalities and discuss Safer People, Safer Streets, the U.S.

CSN Webinar
Oct 28 2014

Pedestrian Injuries: The True Terror of Halloween

Release Date: 
2013-10-23 00:00:00

Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrian accidents according to a joint study that analyzed FARS data from 1990-2010. Over those 21 years, 115 child pedestrian fatalities occurred on Halloween, over double the average number of 2.6 fatalities on other days of the year. Particularly dangerous was the hour between 6:00-7:00 p.m., twilight in most states, when it’s more difficult to see children crossing the street.

National Center for Safe Routes to School

Resource Type: 
Injury Prevention Links


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