Towards Zero Deaths: Improving Pedestrian Safety within Ohio

Over the last ten years, Ohio has seen a significant increase in the number pedestrians being killed or seriously injured on our roadways. This session will explore the factors underlying this increase and highlight projects being undertaken at the state, regional and local level to address them.

About the Panel

  • Lauren Cardoni is a senior planner with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), where she works to improve active transportation and transportation safety for the Central Ohio region. Lauren manages the safety program at MORPC, which includes development of the regional safety plan, annual analysis of regional crash data, and providing technical assistance to local governments. Lauren also coordinates the various active transportation programs and regional active transportation planning efforts conducted by MORPC.
  • Tricia Fought is the traffic studies engineer with the City of Columbus, Division of Traffic Management. She supervises a team of engineers and associates who collect and analyze all facets of traffic data.  The results reveal if current or projected traffic conditions warrant changes to the city’s infrastructure to promote the safe travel of all users.  When changes are warranted, Tricia works closely with the Administration to set project priorities and determine appropriate funding sources.
  • Jordan Whisler is with the Ohio Department of Transportation and where he manages ODOT’s Local Safety and Active Transportation programs and serves as the state’s pedestrian coordinator. In his role, Jordan focuses on initiatives related to statewide pedestrian and bicycle planning, multi-modal facility design, non-motorized data collection, and active transportation funding.