Reimagined Series: Safety & Health
The Wichita area metropolitan planning organization or WAMPO works to plan for safe, efficient, and supportive transportation options and policies in south-central Kansas. The reimagined MOVE 2040 video series will help us illustrate the challenges and Opportunities that face us today as we reimagine the transportation system of the future. According to the United States Department of Transportation Safety is the number one transportation system priority. Whether it be issues of human behavior, emerging technologies, or regulation and enforcement. Safety related activities are a critical component of a well-developed transportation system Woven together with Public Health, Transportation safety data becomes an essential tool in informing policy and investment to the benefit of local communities residents and visitors in the WAMPO region consider easy to read traffic signs, safe accessible sidewalks, and bike lanes as well as maintained and well-lit streets to be some of the most important safety features for the community According to an AARP Kansas livable community survey of adults ages 50 and older Safe streets and sidewalks ranked in the top five of the most important livable community features Let’s consider what safety looks like in the WAMPO region The city of Cheney is working to enhance public safety through public health needs Due to limited sidewalks many Cheney residents choose to walk, bike, and run along the streets. As part of a public safety Initiative the city of Cheney offers pedestrians and bicyclists reflective wearable gear to enhance their visibility on the road as they travel alongside motorists. As part of a statewide system WICHway provides the latest traffic information to travelers on Wichita highways. The WICHway traffic management center monitors conditions so that they can notify emergency service providers and the public about accidents. I In addition to this WAMPO region first responders can complete a traffic incident management Training to help keep traffic moving safely and avoid additional accidents. Along with other forms of travel safety rail safety awareness cannot be overlooked. According to the Kansas Operation Lifesaver organization more than 95 percent of railroad fatalities involve the public. Using public education strategies the public safety goal is to end collisions, deaths, and injuries at rail crossings and rights-of-way Public safety and health have common themes across a variety of modes Whether these modes are by truck, car, train, bike, or on foot, the traveling public the regional transportation system to support their safe travels. Working effectively with state and local partners to address human behaviors, improve safety data analysis, and pursuit performance-based rather than prescriptive regulations Will all be essential to reimagining the future of Transportation WAMPO reimagines a future that reduces air pollutants from mobile sources like automobiles and trains We reimagine a future that improves safe driver behavior through informative communication and invests in a system that is designed for the health and safety of all users and modes Now let’s reimagine… In an effort to create cleaner transportation throughout the region the central Kansas Clean Cities coalition promotes the use of clean alternative fuels and vehicles in order to improve air quality and health curb dependence on petroleum Minimize climate change and support the local economy Air quality as a component of safety and health has the potential to enhance Transportation options and routes through the use of alternative modes Like bicycles, electric scooters, bike paths, and transit that encourages the decreased use of fossil fuel Distracted driving and other unsafe driver behaviors are known to result in more accidents and serious injuries on residential roads highways and railroad crossings. By using safety data to focus on specific locations with increased crashes and improving intersections Visibility and sight distance we can lessen the amount of accidents each year and foster a safer transportation network for the region. Trend indicators show that part of the future of Transportation includes safety enhanced automated and connected vehicles and vehicle to pedestrian communication systems. Most recent estimates show that around 93% of all WAMPO regional transportation funding currently goes to two categories: roads and bridges. As we look forward in planning a system that prepares for change, deciding where future transportation investments should be made will be critical. Considerations for safety and health related improvements that may include enhancements to transit and technology to name a few will be a part of this discussion. Join us in reimagining a region where public health and transportation safety considerations work together to inform policy and investment decisions for the benefit of all our local communities.