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Surveying Safe Streets

 Greater Akron area surveying a path to Safe Streets for All

The AMATS Safe Streets for All (SS4A) Taskforce is seeking public input as it prepares an action plan for the Greater Akron area.  The plan will identify common causes of fatal and serious crashes and offer possible solutions for unsafe locations within Portage and Summit counties and northeastern Wayne County.

Preparing a regional action plan falls under the umbrella of the national SS4A Program, which was created through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  The focus of the multibillion-dollar SS4A Program is to prevent fatalities and injuries on roadways.


AMATS Planning Administrator Matt Stewart explains that, at the suggestion of city of Akron officials, the agency opted to craft a systemic action plan for the entire region rather than a piecemeal approach with separate communities developing their own individual plans.  Agency officials agree that developing a plan now – without using SS4A funds – will allow the region to prepare a list of potential projects that will be eligible for future assistance from the program.

The upcoming action plan will emphasize Complete Street principles while encompassing various transportation modes including walking, biking, and transit.  The plan will also advance social equity ideals and speed management strategies in planning.  The SS4A Taskforce agreed that the initial steps in the plan’s development should be conducting a far-reaching public survey to gauge public attitudes and ideas concerning workable safety solutions.

“Transportation safety affects all of us and so we strongly encourage all members of the public to visit our survey link – – on our agency website,” Stewart continues, “This survey will be live through Friday, Jan. 6.  There will be additional opportunities for the public to participate in the crafting of our action plan.”

For more information, please call AMATS at 330-375-2436.