Free Pedestrian Safety Workshop Focused on Older Adults

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, has selected Sustainable Streets, a local nonprofit, to present four Pedestrian Safety Workshops over the next six months. The first workshop will be held at the Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 13,  from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.The workshop aims to improve community-wide awareness of pedestrian safety issues that affect everyone, especially more vulnerable older adults.

Ron Durgin, President of Sustainable Streets explains, “Our most significant opportunity to improve safety on the streets is to reduce conflicts between pedestrians and motorists with a combination of enforcement, engineering and education initiatives. We are pleased to bring this informative program to the public as one way to fill the education gap.” Workshop facilitator Alison Kendall notes, “ Police, transportation officials and Senior Center staff in both cities see pedestrian safety for older adults as a top priority and have welcomed the opportunity to help us host these workshops.”

Community members, health and transportation professionals, law enforcement officers, city decision makers and anyone with an interest in pedestrian safety are invited to attend free of charge. Additional workshops will be held in Spring 2011.

The 3-hour workshop is designed to promote more pedestrian friendly environments by encouraging dialogue among a variety of community members and equipping participants with ideas to improve walking conditions in their community. The workshop is expected to engage and benefit the community at large, with a specific focus on older pedestrians. Participants will learn essential pedestrian safety information through interactive slide presentations, a short walkabout, and facilitated group discussion. Current pedestrian safety initiatives in both Culver City and Santa Monica will be discussed, and opportunities for public input provided.

Sustainable Streets is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation that provides education, training, planning and facilitation services for individuals, community groups, municipalities, and businesses all aimed at promoting active transportation, access and mobility, safety and livable streetscapes. Please visit Sustainable Streets online at www.sustainablestreetsla.org.

For additional information on the Pedestrian Safety Workshop please contact:

Ron Durgin at (424) 288-1747, ron.durgin@sustainablestreetsla.org; or

Alison Kendall at (310) 586-1557, alison.kendall@sustainablestreetsla.org

www.culvercitysymphony.org

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