Montclair has a new campaign to make the streets safer. “Drive with Care in Montclair” wants all users of the road feel safe whether they are traveling by foot, bike, car, or other means.
Sparked by an idea of Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager, the campaign is funded by Partners for Health Foundation and administered through the Township Council’s advisory committee on Pedestrian Safety. The Committee will hold a strategic planning meeting to solicit public feedback on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 pm at the Fire HQ, 1 Pine Street.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, much of the threat to people walking and cycling safely comes from motorists’ speed. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more likely crash injuries to a person on foot or bicycle will be serious, if not fatal.
When people walking or cycling are hit by a car:
- • at 20 mph, the risk of death is 5 percent, and most injuries are minor
- • at 30 mph, the risk of death is 45 percent, and most injuries are serious
- • at 40 mph, 85 percent of pedestrians are killed.
The Montclair Police Department reported 205 pedestrians injured by motor vehicles over the past five years, including five who died as a result of such collisions. A modest decrease in vehicle speed can mean a dramatic increase in survival rates in pedestrian-vehicle crashes.
A Township Pedestrian Safety Committee has been formed to develop strategies to reduce pedestrian and cyclist crashes. It is comprised of many partners working on various facets of traffic safety, including NJ Safe Routes to School, Partners for Health Foundation, Montclair Police Traffic Bureau, Montclair Engineering Bureau and Bike&Walk Montclair. For more information, please email: email@example.com