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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Pedestrian and Bicyclist Focused Approach to Safety

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US Map, Pedestrian Focused Approach - Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Southern Louisiana, and South Carolina; Pedestrian and Bicyclist Focused Approach - Northern California, Florida.


Focused Approach States and MPOs
Pedestrian Bicyclist No Value
  Maricopa Association of Governments
  Kern Council of Governments
  Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  San Diego Association of Governments
  San Joaquin Council of Governments
  Southern California Association
of Governments
  Greater Tampa/St. Petersburg Region
  Greater Orlando Region
  Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL
  Greater Miami Region
  North Florida TPO
  Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
  New Mexico
  Mid-Region MPO
  Puerto Rico
  Puerto Rico Metropolitan Planning Organization
  South Carolina
  Alamo Area

Since 2004, FHWA's Pedestrian and Bicyclist Focused Approach to Safety has been working with agencies around the country to aggressively reduce pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. These efforts include focusing extra resources on the planning organizations and States with a higher proportion of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities. The program originally focused on pedestrians but was expanded in 2015 to include bicyclists. In 2021, FHWA decided pedestrians and bicyclists should be treated separately and selected Focus Approach States and planning organizations based on current crash data analysis.

A complete summary of this and other noteworthy changes made with this update are documented and explained in the October 20, 2021, memorandum and recorded webinar. For more information on how the States and planning organizations were selected visit the Office of Safety's Focused Approach Website.

The Pedestrian and Bicyclist Focused Approach to Safety program also offers free technical assistance and courses to Focus Approach States and planning organizations and free quarterly webinars on pedestrian and bicyclist safety-related topics. The webinars are available for free to all who are interested in improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The latest webinar information, as well as past recorded webinars, are available on the “Webinar” tab on the menu.