Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety
By Karen Kryzaniak, EAA Director Risk Management
Based on great member and visitor feedback last year, one big item mentioned was "too many vehicles," especially in the central area near the exhibit hangars, Phillips 66 Plaza and the flight line. We've fortunately avoided any rash of injured pedestrians, but the more vehicles and people in a given area, the more potential exists.
Thus, during AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 we'll raise safety awareness in the central area of convention (see map) by managing vehicle traffic using a variety of methods, including the master AirVenture site plan, Restricted Vehicle Access (RVA) zone, vehicle credentialing management, and potential security staffing at various pedestrian crossings.
A Restricted Vehicle Access (RVA) zone was designated. It extends through much of the center of the AirVenture site that is congested with pedestrians (see shaded area on map). The RVA zone operates between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily and prohibits any kind of vehicle access unless an appropriate credential is in place. Even those with RVA passes are discouraged from operating a vehicle through this area and should use alternate routes. Credentials and hours of operation for service vehicles will be further evaluated this year.
Congested pedestrian roadway crossings will also be reviewed, with improved signage or security staffing to manage traffic in problem areas. This has been effective at the Forest Home Avenue crossing from the Blue Lot to the Main Gate, and five-point intersection in Camp Scholler near the Red Barn.
We will be continuing the "How's My Driving" program instituted last year for golf carts and gators. It will be more visible and expanded to include EAA-issued automobiles for 2013. Each vehicle is clearly marked with a sticker identifying the vehicle by unique number and a telephone number to report hazardous driving. Reports will be coordinated with security for response and remedy. This program applies not only to staff and volunteers, but also to EAA's business partners who may have use of carts on the grounds.
It's human nature to think, "I only have to get over there" or "I'm in a hurry" with a vehicle on the grounds. Our visitors have been very direct with feedback about the congestion they've seen and it affects their experience here. We appreciate the support from volunteers to help us maintain a safe AirVenture Oshkosh by operating vehicles with care, always allowing pedestrians the right of way, avoiding the RVA whenever possible and reporting any reckless behavior observed.