Friday, April 25, 2008

Let's Give A Hand To Pedestrian Safety

News release from the City of Spokane.

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TRAFFIC AWARENESS & PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

WEEK SET FOR APRIL 26 – MAY 4

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The City of Spokane’s Pedestrian, Transportation and Traffic Committee invite you to celebrate the 10th annual Traffic Awareness & Pedestrian Safety Week, April 26 to May 4. During the week, drivers are encouraged to slow down and obey speed limits, making Spokane neighborhoods safer and more livable.

To remind motorists of the speed limit on neighborhood streets, many residents will post yellow and black signs with the phrases, “Neighbors Drive 25,” “20 is Plenty,” and “Heed the Speed 30.” Also, pedestrians are encouraged to participate in the “Hands Out For Safety” campaign, extending their hands out to show drivers of their intention to cross the street. Finally, the Spokane Police Department’s Traffic Unit will schedule extra enforcement officers in the Garland Business District during the week.

Special this year will be a tree planting ceremony in the Red Wagon area of Riverfront Park. The event begins at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29. The tree will be planted in honor of all pedestrians who have been hit or killed in traffic accidents. Nancy MacKerrow, whose daughter died in a pedestrian-related accident, will introduce the event. Between the hours of 6:30 and 10 a.m., people will be able to write messages that will be placed in the tree. Everyone is welcome.

Contact information for the tree ceremony is Nancy MacKerrow at 624-3407. For all other questions regarding Traffic Awareness and Pedestrian Safety Week, please contact Gail Prosser, Chair of the Pedestrian, Transportation and Traffic Committee, at 456-7588 or Rod Minarik, of the City’s Neighborhood Services Office, at 625-6737.

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