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National Pedestrian Safety Month Kickoff

Join the U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday, September 29, at 1 p.m. ET as we launch the first-ever National Pedestrian Safety Month. 

Over the past decade, the number of pedestrian fatalities has increased. USDOT and our safety partners work year-round to reduce these deaths, educate all road users on pedestrian safety, and remind us that at one time or another — everyone is a pedestrian — especially now as more people are walking. In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration will increase traffic safety awareness for pedestrians and drivers.

The virtual event will include remarks from:

Secretary Elaine L. Chao
 U.S. Department of Transportation 

James Owens
 NHTSA Deputy Administrator

Nicole Nason
 FHWA Administrator 

Nanda Srinivasan
 NHTSA Associate Administrator for Research and Program Development

Cheryl Walker
 FHWA Associate Administrator for Safety 

Chou-Lin Chen
 NHTSA Associate Administrator for National Center for Statistics and Analysis

Umesh Shankar
 NHTSA Division Chief, Data Reporting and Information

Jamie Pfister
 NHTSA Associate Administrator for Regional Operations and Program Delivery

Chuck DeWeese
 Chair of Governors Highway Safety Association, Assistant Commissioner of New York Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Jon Ross
 Communications Specialist for Michigan State Police Office of Highway Safety Planning

Trenda McPherson
 Program Manager for Florida Department of Transportation 

Ian Thomas
 State and Local Program Director for America Walks

NHTSA will share a new tool and resources for pedestrian safety, and FHWA will discuss recent publications. Also, the Chair of GHSA and the State and Local Program Director for America Walks will talk about ideas and challenges facing states, and representatives from two states will share what they’re doing in October to keep walkers safe.

We are committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants. Closed captioning will be provided. People with disabilities who need additional accommodations should send a request to no later than September 25.