Pedestrian Safety Board
- 4:30 p.m.
- 2nd Monday of each month
- Public Safety Building
300 Spruce St.
Morgantown, WV 26505
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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||Chairperson, Seventh Ward
||Vice-Chairperson, Fourth Ward
|Jimmie Simmons||Third Ward|
||Fifth Ward and NWVCIL
||WVU Mountain Safe
||Ex-officio, City Engineer
||Ex-officio, City Council Rep.|
|Maria Smith||Ex-officio, Mountain Line|
|Frank Gmeindl||Ex-officio, Bicycle Board|
About the Board
A pedestrian-friendly environment is desirable throughout the City. But it is especially important in residential areas, around commercial centers and near community facilities such as schools, libraries, parks, event centers, and public service centers such as the court house, the municipal centers and public agencies. Each of these destinations needs to be accessible by commonly used routes which are pedestrian-transit-bicycle friendly - not simply in terms of the appeal of the destination but in terms of attractiveness in the routes which are utilized to access them. These routes need to be well connected from multiple directions and perceived as safe.
Members of the Pedestrian Safety Board encourage Morgantown residents of all ages to incorporate walking into their daily lives as much as possible to promote good physical health and reduce traffic congestion.
Walking brings on personal health and economic benefits:
- Improves mood and decreases stress
- Improves physical fitness and aids in weight loss and personal appearance
- Walking an extra 15 each day burns up roughly five pounds of fat per year
- 75% of all half-mile commutes are made via car. The same half mile commute would be roughly a ten-minute walk
- 25% of greenhouse gas emissions come from personal transportation
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing streets
- Use designated crosswalks
- Wear bright/reflective clothing, especially while walking at night
- Always be cautious and aware of your surroundings
- Teach children the rules of the road
- Be good role models through your actions
- Talk about safety as you walk and obey the laws
- Teach children to look AND listen when crossing a street
- Cross the street only at intersections and crosswalks
- Use sidewalks, or walk facing traffic if there is no sidewalk
Subcommittees were established to explore specific issues and the adequacy of the Pedestrian Safety Plan in addressing them:
- Safe Routes to School
- Traffic Calming