Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Host “1 Million Steps 2 Safety” Virtual Walk/Run
What: “1 Million Steps 2 Safety” Virtual Run & Walk
When: October 1, 2020 through November 1, 2020
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) in partnership with Louisiana Department of Health’s Bureau of Minority Health Access and Promotions and the Louisiana Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, will host 1 Million Steps 2 Safety a virtual walk/run during the month of October. LHSC is committed to developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries on our highways. Walking and bicycling are becoming increasingly popular modes of transportation in Louisiana, and many urban areas have taken this into account when planning roads and intersections.
Unfortunately, pedestrians and bicyclists both face distinct disadvantages when involved in traffic crashes: the sheer physics of a faster moving vehicle colliding with a bike or pedestrian often results in the vehicle "winning" the encounter. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “There was a more than 3% increase in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2018, totaling 6,283 deaths – the most deaths since 1990.” From 2017 to 2019 in Louisiana there were 404 pedestrian related fatalities and 518 serious injuries.
October is National Pedestrian Safety Month and LHSC is encouraging Louisianans to safely walk, cycle or run their way to “One Million Steps to Safety.” This virtual walk and run is for participants of all fitness levels. Our commitment to you is to provide you with safety tips on how to share the road while obtaining the highest number of average steps with family and friends. The Challenge begins October 1 and end November 1, 2020.