MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $54,164 grant to the University of Alabama for a study to help pave the way for increased pedestrian safety in the state.
“Whether riding on a bicycle or traveling on foot, Alabamians who choose to take non-vehicular means of getting to their destination should feel safe doing so. This new study will determine where improvements can be made on Alabama roads to increase walking and biking safety,” Gov. Ivey said. “I look forward to the positive results of this grant in making our state’s roads safer and more enjoyable for all.”
The UA Center for Advanced Public Safety, which specializes in collecting and analyzing traffic crash data in Alabama, will use funds to determine areas where vehicle crashes involving pedestrians have historically occurred in all areas of Alabama, seriousness of those crashes and other related data.
The information will be submitted to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs’ Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division which will try to secure future funding for improvements in those areas that will reduce pedestrian-automobile mishaps.
“With proper safety precautions put in place, motorized and pedestrian traffic should be able to co-exist,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “I look forward to the results of this study and the follow-up recommendations to help prevent pedestrian injuries or worse.”
ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.
Jim Plott or Mike Presley
ADECA Communications and External Affairs