Over the past several months, the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Police Department (MCPD), in coordination with the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO), have been working with several members of the Wheaton community who are interested in participating in pedestrian safety outreach efforts.
The community members represent neighborhood civic associations (Connecticut Avenue Estates, Montclair Manor, Rock Creek Palisades), as well as representatives from the Hispanic/Latino community. They have aptly named themselves the “SWAG Team” and the “Protectores del Camino”.
Recently, the volunteer group came together to distribute information at the annual Taste of Wheaton, Salvadoran-American, and World of Montgomery Festivals, as well as the Kensington Labor Day Parade. The events drew thousands of community members, and offered a terrific opportunity to get the word out about pedestrian safety. The bilingual group of volunteers distributed over 4,000 bright yellow bags with the message, “I’m Walking Here! Be Safe. Be Seen”, and an equal number of bilingual Pedestrian Safety Tips brochures.
The group continues to grow, and we encourage you to get involved! Our next event will be the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade on November 17 in Downtown Silver Spring. Look out for our volunteers and come to the parade to get some great reflective hand-outs! If you would like to volunteer with our group, please contact Joana Conklin: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to see a video of some of our volunteer outreach events!