MONTCLAIR, NJ – In the last 10 years, on average, 41 pedestrians a year have been hit by a vehicle in Montclair, and eight now have died as a result.

For residents looking to get involved in improving the statistic, they are invited to attend an open public meeting. The Township of Montclair’s Pedestrian Safety Committee is hosting a public meeting on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of 1 Pine St., housed in the Bay Street Firehouse.

Since the committee’s October meeting, the PSC has joined forces with the Rutgers University-based traffic consultant to consolidate ideas gathered and prioritize the action plan. Findings and next steps will be shared during the Jan. 13 public meeting.

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The Pedestrian Safety Committee is an official Montclair Township group that is comprised of the following stakeholders: Township Engineer Kim Craft, Montclair Police Traffic Bureau officers, Township Councilor Robin Schlager, BikeWalkMontclair officials, public health foundation Partners for Health, and residents concerned about pedestrian safety.

Over the past year, the committee has launched a pedestrian safety campaign called "Drive with Care in Montclair."

During the October meeting, suggestions were gathered from concerned residents and additional feedback can be emailed to drivewithcare@montclairnjusa.org