MnDOT Safety Plan

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MnDOT Safety Plan

Postby RailBaronYarr » June 13th, 2014, 10:32 am

MnDOT has their 2014-19 draft safety plan for public comment: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/safetyplan/

I made a few tweets about it, but I was shocked that pedestrian/bicycle safety were both listed as low priority and didn't get a discussion on tactics to improve them. Especially since the overall share of severe incidents involving these users is highly disproportional relative to the number of trips taken (plus social justice, etc).

I'd also like to point out that despite our bad design in many places, our traffic fatality rate is pretty low here in MN vs other states (and it's even better than many European countries as a share of VMT/etc, oddly enough). Anyone have any insight to why? Winter weather naturally calming streets for a good portion of the year? Not having old people during those cold months where warmer states would retain them? Educated population -> naturally "better" drivers? Just curious.

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