Michiana Area Council of Governments asks for feedback on transportation safety plan


SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) secured a Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant in 2023 to create the Move Safe Michiana Regional Transportation Safety Action Plan.

The SS4A project's aim is to identify and prioritize approaches to eliminate roadway fatalities and serious injuries within the four-county MACOG region, which includes Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, and St. Joseph Counties.

As part of the plan, an online survey has been opened for the public to give their input.

"Ensuring the safety of all roadway users is a key commitment at MACOG. Whether you walk, bike, or drive, you should feel confident and secure in reaching your destination," says MACOG Executive Director James Turnwald.

MACOG officials say the survey responses will help shape the long-term implementation plan

Transportation Director, Caitlin Stevens says, “We are eager to hear from people in the communities! This safety action plan is a data driven collaborative effort led by stakeholders from around the region in both rural and urban areas. But some of the most valuable data points are likely to come from the people traveling in our communities. Community experiences, stories, and ideas will shape and define the policies, programs, and projects that make up the plan and inform the vision for our communities moving forward.”

Besides the survey, there will be an online tool that allows you to add points on a map and note safety concerns you have experienced or observed.

The survey will also help officials better understand how people move through the community.

You can find the map and survey here in English, or here in Spanish.

You can learn more about the plan here.

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