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Mayors’ Challenge Winners Show Power of Local Action

Mayors’ Challenge Winners Show Power of Local Action

Today, local elected officials and their staff from communities across the country are gathering at USDOT’s headquarters in Washington, DC for the 2016 Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets.

At the Summit, I recognized the winners of the Mayors’ Challenge Awards, which acknowledge some of the most impressive accomplishments communities have made toward improving pedestrian and bicycle safety during the Challenge.

Picture of award winners with Secretary Foxx

This event marks the culmination of the Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets, in which mayors, elected officials, and other local leaders from 245 communities across the U.S. signed on to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists on the streets of their communities.

Communities accepted the Challenge by forming local action teams to advance pedestrian and bicycle safety and accessibility and taking local action on one or more of seven Challenge Activities.

I am pleased to announce the award winners in the categories of Overall Success, Ladders of Opportunity, Engagement, and each of the seven Challenge Activities:

Secretary's Awards:

  • Secretary’s Awards for Overall Success: New York, NY; Washington, DC; and South Bend, IN
  • Ladders of Opportunity: Austin, TX, and Brownsville, TX
  • Engagement: Myrtle Beach, SC

Challenge Activity Awards:

  1. Take a Complete Streets Approach: Miami-Dade County, FL, and South Bend, IN
  2. Fix barriers to make streets safe and convenient for everyone: Myrtle Beach, SC
  3. Gather and track biking and walking data: Los Angeles, CA and Bellevue, WA
  4. Design right for safety: New York, NY, and Henderson, NV
  5. Create and complete pedestrian and bicycle networks: Lexington, KY, and Norwalk, CT
  6. Improve safety laws and regulations: Washington, DC
  7. Educate and enforce proper road behavior by all: Louisville, KY, and Oro Valley, AZ

You can learn much more about these winners by listening to the awards ceremony and panel presentation, or reading fact sheets we’ve prepared about their successes. 

Many more communities also took on the challenge and made significant progress, and we’ve summarized their efforts in each Challenge area.  Check out our Mayors’ Challenge hub here with all of this information.

Today’s Summit also provided an opportunity to discuss recent news that traffic-related fatalities have risen fastest among people walking and bicycling.

The Summit featured a special discussion on innovative analysis of crash data to target local improvements, including a new partnership with the data organization WalkScore to assess the causes of pedestrian and bicycle crashes.

USDOT will continue to lead on pedestrian and bicycle safety. We are making permanent the cross-modal team that has been working on the Safer People, Safer Streets initiative. 

And earlier this week, the Federal Highway Administration released its Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation, a multi-year policy framework to support cycling and walking nationwide.  

We congratulate the Mayors’ Challenge winners and all the participating cities and look forward to continuing to support their efforts!

Success Stories Presentation

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