News Tech: In order to keep walkers and bicyclists safe and drivers alert, Chester County has started a safety awareness campaign while the outdoor activity season is in full swing and kids get ready to return to school.
The stroll. The Ride. Drive. Safe campaign provides guidelines for sharing lanes for pedestrians, bicycles, and drivers. Because of how crowded the county’s urban and suburban areas are, safety awareness is crucial.
Even before the epidemic, the County recognised the need for a safety awareness campaign. Chester County reported 521 traffic accidents involving pedestrians and bicycles over a five-year period between 2015 and 2020, including 25 fatalities (source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation).
In addition to the riding and walking public, local governments now have to deal with these safety challenges. Director of the Chester County Planning Commission Brian O’Leary said that there are now many more sidewalks in Chester County than there were just a few decades ago due to safety concerns.
The Chester County Health Department, Department of Emergency Services, Parks + Preservation, PennDOT, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, SEPTA, TMACC, Greater Valley Forge TMA, and West Chester University are some of the organisations that are partners in the Walk. Ride. Drive. Safe programme in addition to the Planning Commission.
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