Traveling safely is one of the public's highest expectations from the transportation system. OCPC is involved in a number of initiatives and projects aimed at promoting pedestrian and driver safety.
Safe Routes to School: The Safe Routes to School program promotes healthy alternatives for children and parents in their travel to and from school. The program educates students, parents and community members on the value of walking, bicycling, carpooling, and taking public transit and the school bus for travel to and from school. The purpose of the program is to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; to make walking and bicycling to school safe and more appealing; and to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects that will improve safety, and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.
Road Safety Audits: A road safety audit is a formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent audit team. The audit team reviews existing conditions, identifies deficiencies within the scope of the study area and, working as a team, identifies potential short and long term, low-cost to higher-cost solutions for mitigating those identified deficiencies.
Highway Safety Improvement Plan (HSIP): The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) was created by SAFETEA-LU for funding safety projects. This program is designed to provide states with funds to institute programs that reduce the fatalities and injuries that occur on the highway system.
In addition, securing the transportation system from threats and disruptions is an overarching concern for all transportation providers. Given these expectations and concerns, our vision is a safer and more secure transportation system for residents, businesses, and visitors. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach of engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency response to make our communities safer and more secure is one of the priorities of the Old Colony Planning Council. Supporting strategies for mitigating natural disasters, reducing the number of crashes in the region, and identifying emergency evacuation methods are a vital part of this vision.