Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Program Plan
The NMDOT seeks to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicyclist crashes in New Mexico, and to encourage walking and biking as comfortable, accessible, safe and efficient modes of transportation. To successfully reduce New Mexico’s pedestrian and bicyclist injury and fatality rates, at-risk populations need to be identified and their safety needs addressed. The NMDOT/TSD participates with the implementation of the Statewide Pedestrian Safety Action Plan working with community members and pedestrian injury stakeholders to identify and address specific local pedestrian safety problems.
The Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Program focuses on local community outreach and communications efforts to raise the public’s awareness about the importance of looking out for pedestrians and bicyclists, sharing the road, and taking other safety precautions to reduce the chances of their being involved in a traffic crash that could result in death or injury. Pedestrians and bicyclists are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and be as highly visible as possible when interacting with vehicle traffic, while drivers are reminded to be alert and cautious in areas with pedestrian and bicycle traffic.