WHEREAS, Alaska’s road and trail networks provide some of the most breathtaking views in the world, making Alaska an excellent location for travel via bicycles and walking; and
WHEREAS, biking and walking are healthy and environmentally-friendly transportation options; unfortunately, pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable road users and are in a severely disadvantaged position when involved in a traffic collision with a motor vehicle; and
WHEREAS, a safe transportation system prioritizes the safety of all people and transportation design can greatly increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by implementing speed reduction, separated pathways, sidewalks, and protected bike lanes; and
WHEREAS, compared to previous years, there has been a substantial increase in bikers and pedestrians on the roads and trails, both nationally and statewide;
WHEREAS, in Alaska between the years 2011-2020, 66 percent of fatal crashes happened at night and in 2021, preliminary numbers show that Alaska had 16 reported pedestrian fatalities and three reported bicycle fatalities; and
WHEREAS, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, a nonprofit representing the State and territorial highway safety offices, found that 2020 had the largest ever recorded annual increase in rate of pedestrian fatalities in the United States; and
WHEREAS, all motorists must operate with caution and stay alert while traveling on Alaska’s roadways; and
WHEREAS, an increase in awareness, caution, and observance by drivers of vehicles is necessary to improve the safety of our roads for pedestrians and cyclists.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 2022 as:
Pedestrian Safety Month
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to renew their commitment to safe driving practices, to watch for pedestrians and cyclists, and to be aware of all who share the road.