Macon-Bibb’s Pedestrian Fatality Review Committee is hosting the first Pedestrian Safety Summit on August 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Government Center (700 Poplar Street). The event is free and open to the public; please RSVP by August 10 to 478-749-0144 or Stephanie.hyman@dph.ga.gov.

During the Summit, people will learn about the creation and goals of the Committee, hear about the current issues with pedestrian safety based on real data, get a roads assessment by the Georgia Department of Transportation, and learn about some of the solutions being discussed and implemented. Macon-Bibb currently has the second highest per capita pedestrian fatality rate in Georgia, and the Committee is working on ways to reduce that rate through infrastructure improvements and educational outreach.

“We want to reduce the number of traffic fatalities in our community by making our roads safer for walkers, runners, cyclists, and even drivers,” says Nancy White, Macon-Bibb County Health Department Administrator. “With this Summit, we can help educate the community about our desperate need for safer roads, let them know what’s being done, and ask them about other areas of safety that need to be addressed.”