Tuesday, November 19, 2019

In the City: Community and city must work together to make our roads safer

Vulnerable road users include pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists
Many efforts are underway to improve roadway safety in Fort Collins, but more needs to be done to eliminate severe roadway crashes. In the first three quarters of 2019 there have been 208 injury crashes and six people have lost their lives within the city.

In an opinion piece in the Coloradoan, City of Fort Collins Traffic Engineer Joe Olson notes current efforts to improve safety include installing roundabouts and protected bike lanes, adjusting signal timing, targeted police enforcement, and safety education programs. City staff and the Poudre School District will also be undertaking a comprehensive review of transportation safety around all schools.

To improve safety, everyone traveling on the roads needs to be part of the solution. Severe or fatal crashes are more likely to include vulnerable road users (those walking, bicycling, or riding motorcycles), young drivers, alcohol and drugs, and/or excessive speed. Read more about current safety efforts on the Coloradoan.

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