Little Rock recently announced plans to implement the Friendly Driver Program—a 90-minute course on traffic safety for both drivers and bicyclists. With the move, city leaders hope to promote overall safety—and empathy for both pedestrians and bicyclists. A full article on the proposal is available here.
The Friendly Driver Program is an education effort that will likely culminate in a 90-minute course on traffic laws, avoiding collisions and navigating infrastructure put in place for people on foot or on wheels. The grant-funded program will be modeled after a program that began in Fort Collins, Colorado in December 2015.
In a 2016 study, Smart Growth America rated the Little Rock metropolitan area the 14th most-dangerous in the U.S. for pedestrians. A 2015 Central Arkansas Regional Transportation Study notes some disturbing statistics for Little Rock:
- Each year, some 144 pedestrians and 47 cyclists get into vehicle crashes
- These accidents resulted in 107 serious injuries and 13 fatalities on average
- These collisions accounted for 12 percent of the region’s total fatal accidents
In 2012, the League of American Bicyclists ranked Arkansas last for bicycle friendliness, drawing the attention of state officials. Since then, Arkansas has improved to 35th—lower than Missouri and Louisiana, but higher than Mississippi and Oklahoma. The city intends to hire a program supervisor who will report on the program’s effectiveness this November.
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