The Safe System Approach in Local Road Safety Plans
Industry best practices in roadway safety continue to evolve. Vision Zero, the Safe System Approach, Local Road Safety Plans, and now Comprehensive Safety Action Plans (as required by the federal Safe Streets and Roads for All [SS4A] grant program) are all distinct, but related concepts. Local jurisdictions may be finding it difficult to navigate this complex landscape, while meeting funding requirements, and most importantly keeping the focus on improving roadway safety outcomes.
We are pleased to announce the release of a new resource to help roadway safety practitioners, their local partners, and stakeholders understand how each of these pieces of the safety landscape fit together. In this new technical brief Institutionalizing the Safe System Approach in Local Road Safety Plans, local agencies will find a roadmap to help them navigate through the process of incorporating the Safe System Approach into Local Road Safety Plans while meeting SS4A federal grant requirements. The brief describes 16 tenets to help local agencies integrate these concepts and programs, with the goal of achieving Vision Zero.
This resource is especially timely now due to the following factors:
- Local Road Safety Plans are an FHWA Proven Safety Countermeasure
- USDOT has adopted the Safe System Approach as its overarching roadway safety philosophy, and many states are following suit
- The technical brief can serve as a roadmap to the 473 communities that were recently awarded Safe Streets and Roads for All planning grants, and the next round of grant applications
- The US is seeing the highest level of traffic fatalities in 16 years
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