WHEREAS, Alaska’s many road systems and trails 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 eco-friendly transportation options, unfortunately pedestrians and cyclists are at a unique disadvantage when involved in traffic accidents; and
WHEREAS, compared to previous years, there has been a substantial increase in bikers and pedestrians, both nationally and statewide; and
WHEREAS, in 2020, pedestrian fatalities in Alaska accounted for approximately 20 percent of the reported roadway fatalities compared to 12 percent in 2019; and
WHEREAS, 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, it is imperative that all motorists 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 2021 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.
Dated: October 2021