Traffic Safety First
Now that our family has chosen bike/MAX/bus and walk as our major modes of transport, we're constantly irked by cars zooming and exceeding speed limits on our neighborhood streets, vehicles creeping up and blocking a crosswalk, careless drivers zipping out of driveways without even checking for pedestrians on the sidewalk first. We received an email from an editor Child Health Online, who is writing "Making Streets Safer For Our Children: 5 Ways To Get Your Traffic Safety Project Going."
Whether they are heading to school, walking to the park or just playing outside, children are at serious risk from speeding cars. Being hit by cars is the number one cause of death among kids 5-14 years old in many major cities. Some suggestions to address these issues include:
- Form a group or organizations to tackle the issue. Local governments are more apt to act quickly when being confronted by a group rather than individual
- Find out what type of traffic-calming programs your city currently has in place and apply for all appropriate programs. Even if you do not qualify, applying for them can provide necessary ammunition required for alternative actions.
- Learn about government grants for traffic calming projects in your area.
- Learn about the various traffic calming solutions available and choose the one best for your needs. A quick review of old and new methods for slowing traffic.
- Combine your efforts with other organizations looking to meet similar goals: school boards, bicycle safety clubs, neighborhood groups etc. There is power in numbers.
Mamas, what do you think childcares or preschools can specifically do to collaborate with neighborhoods or traffic safety groups to address these issues?