The Mayor's Task Force on Pedestrian Safety was created by a City Council resolution on May 18, 2015. Its formation was a response to a number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries resulting from collisions with motor vehicles in Columbia in late 2014 and early 2015. The mission of the Task Force was to provide recommendations to the Council to improve pedestrian safety overall and ultimately decreasing the number of pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions.
After their initial meeting in June 2015, the Task Force held monthly meetings through February 2016, and had four meetings in March to finalize their work. The Task Force focused on the goal of Vision Zero (zero pedestrian injuries or fatalities) and on the areas of engineering, education, and enforcement.
We were pleased to participate in this process, particularly given the considerable obstacles to safe pedestrian access here on The Loop.
As of March 25, 2016, the Task Force has completed their work and assembled their final report to the City Council. This final report will be on the City Council agenda for the meeting of Monday, April 4, 2016. The Council agenda will be available online on Friday, April 1, 2016 at:
Please contact Mitch Skov, Senior Planner, Community Development Department, at 573-874-7243 for more information.