Nicole will be presenting alongside Victoria Berrett,
Transportation Planner for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP),
to provide MPOs with ideas to establish successful regional safety programs.
To develop a safety program that leads to severe crash
reductions, agencies are realizing several elements need to be considered and
addressed first. This includes leadership, agency culture, agency to agency
collaboration, agency to stakeholder collaboration, public support and buy-in,
data collection and availability, and supporting policies. A lack of consensus
and collaboration on these topics can set an agency up to fail in building a
safety practice and later implementation efforts. Nicole will discuss how a
safety assessment can help an MPO initiate or continue a safety program that
leads to meaningful safety programs, policies, and projects.
CMAP has been building their regional transportation safety
program, called the Safety Action Agenda. The program is designed to address
the growing number of traffic fatalities, including those happening among
bicyclists and pedestrians. They are increasing the scope of safety work by
adding key elements like stakeholder engagement and coordination, safety policy
advancement, speed management, and transportation safety project implementation,
to reduce severe crashes in the region. Vickie will highlight the process and
steps to start a regional safety program at an MPO and discuss specific
examples for how an MPO can implement their safety practice and move towards
improving the culture of safety at the regional level.