Pedestrian Safety Board

Matthew Cross

The Pedestrian Safety Board meets the first Monday of each month from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Public Safety Building Conference Room.

file-extension-pdf-icon (2)Pedestrian Safety Plan
WV State Code on pedestrian rights and responsibilities

A pedestrian-friendly environment is desirable throughout the City. But it is especially important in residential areas, around commercial centers and near community facilities such as schools, libraries, parks, event centers, and public service centers such as the court house, the municipal centers and public agencies. Each of these destinations needs to be accessible by commonly used routes which are pedestrian-transit-bicycle friendly – not simply in terms of the appeal of the destination but in terms of attractiveness in the routes which are utilized to access them. These routes need to be well connected from multiple directions and perceived as safe.


Members of the Pedestrian Safety Board encourage Morgantown residents of all ages to incorporate walking into their daily lives as much as possible to promote good physical health and reduce traffic congestion.

Walking brings on personal health and economic benefits:

  • Improves mood and decreases stress
  • Improves physical fitness and aids in weight loss and personal appearance
  • Walking an extra 15 each day burns up roughly five pounds of fat per year

Walking increases transportation efficiency and decreases air pollution:

  • Seventy-five percent of all half-mile commutes are made via car. The same half mile commute would be roughly a ten-minute walk
  • Twenty-five percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from personal transportation

Pedestrians have rights and responsibilities while commuting on foot:

  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing streets
  • Use designated crosswalks
  • Wear bright/reflective clothing, especially while walking at night
  • Always be cautious and aware of your surroundings

Safety Tips for parents:

  • Teach children the rules of the road
  • Be good role models through your actions
  • Talk about safety as you walk and obey the laws
  • Teach children to look AND listen when crossing a street
  • Cross the street only at intersections and crosswalks
  • Use sidewalks, or walk facing traffic if there is no sidewalk


Matthew Cross Chairperson
Bill Reger-Nash Vice-Chairperson
Christiaan Abildso First Ward
Gypsie Denzine First Ward
Stanley Cohen Second Ward
Jen MacDonald Second Ward
Jimmie Simmons Third Ward
Jessica Blaclow Third Ward
JanDerry Fifth Ward & NWVCIL
Dwight Harshbarger Fifth Ward
Matthew Cross Seventh Ward
Daniel Shook West Virginia University
Bill Reger-Nash County
Maria Smith Mountain Line
George Lilley County
Regina Mayolo Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Bill Austin Morgantown Monongalia MPO
Damien Davis City Engineering Department
Frank Gmeindl Bike Board

Subcommittees were established to explore specific issues and the adequacy of the Pedestrian Safety Plan in addressing them:

  • Safe Routes to School
  • Crosswalks
  • Traffic Calming
  • Lighting

2017 Documents:

Date Meeting Documen
 April Minutes
March Minutes
February Minutes
January Minutes

2016 Documents:

Date Meeting Document
December Minutes
November Minutes
October Minutes
August Minutes
March 7 Minutes
Feb. 1 Minutes
Jan. 11 Minutes


2015 Documents: