Montgomery County Council Presentation on Youth Pedestrian Safety
On November 17, the County Council held a briefing on youth pedestrian safety and transportation to school. MCDOT presented information about its successful Safe Routes to School program and recent YOLO campaign for high school students; MCPD presented information on the work of its School Safety Section and Crossing Guard Program; MCPS discussed its transportation programs for students to get safely to and from schools. The presentation made to the County Council can be viewed here.
On September 10th, Montgomery County’s Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee held a Seniors/Disabled Walk-About in Gaithersburg. Elected officials and County and State officials joined seniors and disabled pedestrians to walk (and roll) a mile of Frederick Avenue between Chestnut Street and Perry Parkway. Together, the group examined the state of pedestrian walkways, sidewalks, and signals. Afterwards, everyone met at the Bohrer Park Activity Center to discuss their findings and develop a plan of action to make Montgomery County more walkable and accessible for all its residents.
Learn More about Safe Routes to School
Thirty years ago, 60% of children living within a 2-mile radius of a school walked or bicycled to school. Today, that number has dropped to less than 15%. And, in the past 30 years, the number of children between the ages of 6 and 11 were considered to be overweight or obese has climbed from 5% to 20%. Safe Routes to School Programs are intended to reverse these trends by improving safety and promoting walking and bicycling. One great example is Walk to School Day on October 7, 2015.MORE...
Heads Up in Parking Lots
In 2012, there were 423 reported pedestrian collisions in Montgomery County. Of these collisions, 125, or about 30 percent, occurred in parking lots and garages – a 39 percent increase in one year and the third consecutive year that collisions in parking lots increased. Visit Parking Lot Safety.
County Launches Pedestrian Safety High School Education Program
This year, MCDOT launched the Walk Your Way Grant Project to educate high school students about the importance of pedestrian safety. Through the Walk Your Way Grant Project, the County awarded grants to teams of high school students for the creation, design and implementation of a pedestrian safety education program at their high school. These projects will be implemented this Spring and a high school pedestrian safety toolkit will be released this Summer for use by high schools in the Fall. MORE...
Volunteers Wanted - Join Our Pedestrian Safety Volunteer Brigade!
Help your community become safer for pedestrians - - and more walkable and bikeable. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), in conjunction with the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), has been working with community volunteers who are interested in participating in pedestrian safety education and outreach activities. Help teach your friends and neighbors how they can more safely walk and bike where they live, work, and play. Join our Pedestrian Safety Volunteer Brigade today! MORE...
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