WHEREAS, Alaska’s extensive road and trail networks showcase some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, making our state an ideal destination for biking and walking, which are healthy and are enjoyed as environmentally friendly transportation options; and
WHEREAS, non-motorized road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, are more vulnerable in traffic accidents involving motor vehicles, placing them at a significant disadvantage; and
WHEREAS, a safe transportation system prioritizes the safety of all people and transportation design can greatly increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by including speed reduction, separated pathways, sidewalks, and protected bike lanes; and
WHEREAS, there has been a notable surge in the number of cyclists and pedestrians on both our state and national roadways and trails compared to previous years;
WHEREAS, in Alaska between 2016 and 2020, pedestrians accounted for 16 percent of all fatalities and 10 percent of all serious injuries in traffic-related incidents, with 38 percent of all pedestrian and 63 percent of all bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries occurring at intersections ; and
WHEREAS, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, a nonprofit representing state and territorial highway safety offices, has reported a faster growth in pedestrian fatalities compared to all other traffic fatalities in the United States with pedestrian fatalities increasing by 12.5 percent in 2021; and
WHEREAS, elevating awareness, fostering vigilance, and encouraging responsible driving behaviors among motorists are essential steps to enhance the safety of our roads for pedestrians and cyclists.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 2023 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 mindful of all who share the road.
Dated: October 1, 2023