Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
April 21, 1-3pm
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has made bicycle and pedestrian safety a priority by allocating significant federal, state and local funding to implement bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements in high-risk areas.
The coronavirus pandemic has substantially altered how people travel and use various transportation modes. While transit ridership is slowly recovering, bike sales have doubled nationally. The pandemic has also significantly reduced road congestion, and travel speeds have increased as a result. At the same time, crashes involving vulnerable road users who are disproportionally people of color and low income, have also increased.
As localities look to respond to these rapid mode shifts and protect vulnerable road users, Fairfax County, in partnership with Smart City Works, proposes to hold an innovation challenge event that focuses on bicycle and pedestrian safety. This event aims to find the best ideas and solutions to improve safety for vulnerable road users. The county hopes to implement a pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of the winning solution(s).
In partnership with Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiatives, Smart City Works will hold a regionally focused virtual Pitch and Pilot to find the best safety solutions to support Fairfax County’s goals, including increasing bike and pedestrian safety, promoting active living, and sustainability. Fairfax County hopes this process will result in a viable pilot project. The County is agreeable to partnering with participants who offer innovative safety solutions that are aligned with County goals and policies. There are no preconceived notions about the incorporation of any specific technologies, but we do ask that the solution further the County’s goal of being a leader in smart community innovation.
At least eight teams from around the world will virtually present their solutions to an audience of Fairfax government officials and other safety, innovation, and community stakeholders from around the region.
The winning proposal will:
- Align with both the County’s and VDOT’s guiding principles or goals;
- Align with the One Fairfax Policy to advance racial and social equity;
- Incorporate existing crash and safety data;
- Address safety challenges at a specific geographic location(s);
- Use an innovative approach to advance County priorities;
- Prioritize vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities;
- Maintain data privacy and security;
- Have the potential to scale.
The winning solution will be considered for implementation as a pilot project in Fairfax County.