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Is there any way to make our community safer for pedestrians?

 

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Pedestrian accidents are in the news frequently—children, adults, and grandparents getting injured or killed by cars while they are attempting to cross the street. Unfortunately, Florida has one of the worst pedestrian injury and fatality rates in this nation, but it doesn’t have to stay this way.

Getting Involved is Key

Communities can work to become more pedestrian friendly. By getting involved, you may be able to help your community become a better, safer place to walk. You may want to do this in the following ways:

  • Write a letter to the Florida Department of Transportation’s State Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Coordinator about your concerns regarding the pedestrian risks in your community.
  • Write a letter to the editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune or your local newspaper.
  • Go to city council meetings and ask for change.
  • Join a citizen’s group to start bringing awareness of pedestrian dangers to others in the community.
  • Write a letter to your mayor asking for improved walkability in your community.
  • Contact your local department of public works with requests to repair damaged sidewalks, signs, and signals or to install new ones where needed.

You may also wish to ask your friends, neighbors, and relatives to get involved.  There is power in numbers, and together, you may be able to turn the heads of city leaders and make your neighborhood and community a better, safer place to walk. Start by spreading the word and sharing this information with those you know on Google+.