With an increase in fatal pedestrian accidents, officials in Fairfax County are making several initiatives to increase pedestrian safety.
The Board of Supervisors designated $110 million in federal, state and county funding to construct pedestrian improvements in high priority areas. The Fairfax County Police Department is also taking the initiative to increase pedestrian safety.
“We’re doing high visibility patrols in selected areas that are shown to be high crash areas. We’re doing distracted driving campaigns and high visibility enforcement campaigns in general,” said 2nd Lt. Eric Ivancic.
Fairfax County Government pedestrian projects include:
- New crosswalks with pedestrian signals
- Upgrading existing crosswalks to include pedestrian signals
- Constructing new walkways and trails
- Upgrading existing walkways and constructing ADA accessible curb ramps
- Pedestrian refuge islands
- Decreasing turn radii
- Curb extensions and bulb-outs
- Bus stop improvements
- Yield to Pedestrian Signs