Thursday, November 29, 2012
In November 2011, MCDOT led a team of transportation and enforcement professionals from Montgomery County, the Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA), and the Maryland Highway Safety Office in a two-day pedestrian road safety audit along Colesville Road in the “heart” of the Silver Spring Central Business District (CBD). This segment of Colesville Road was particularly notable because of the density of unique “traffic generators”, including entertainment (i.e., Fillmore Music Hall, movie theater), dining, and shopping, bisected by a major regional corridor
The study area is an approximately 0.3-mile segment of Colesville Road located in a relatively densely developed, urban corridor between Fenton Street and North Noyes Drive. This stretch of Colesville Road was identified as one of Montgomery County’s High Incidence Areas (HIA) for pedestrian collisions. Based on collision data provided by Montgomery County and the Maryland State Highway Administration, 29 pedestrian collisions occurred in the study area from January 2004 through February 2011.
The audit team noted the role of the existing character of Colesville Road, vehicle speeds, the unsignalized mid-block crosswalk, and the reversible lane configurations, as potentially contributing to pedestrian safety issues. Based on the team’s field observations and an examination of available data, the team developed various suggestions to address these issues. Moving forward, there will be an ongoing vetting of the audit suggestions with collaboration among agencies and stakeholders to implement short and intermediate-term recommendations and assess the feasibility and constructability of long-term projects.
Monday, November 19, 2012
“Eyes” Campaign and “Shop With a Cop” Promote Safety for Pedestrians, Drivers and Shoppers
On November 20, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, and Fire Chief Richard Bowers launched two public education campaigns to improve public safety – both focused on looking out for each other during the busy holiday shopping season.
The seasonal change back to standard time is typically associated with an uptick in pedestrian collisions. A new Montgomery County Department of Transportation pedestrian safety campaign focuses attention on one of the most important factors in reducing crashes – visibility – by featuring ads that show the eyes of two County students with the slogan, “Hey You, I’m Looking at You.”
Police also announced their annual “Shop With a Cop” promotion, where officers in all six of Montgomery County’s police districts patrol retail areas during the height of the shopping season to provide extra security and remind shoppers to drive and walk safe -- especially in parking lots.
Joining Leggett, Manger, and Bowers were Montgomery Blair High School Principal Renay Johnson and the parents of John Parsley, whose eyes are featured in one of the ads. Parsley graduated from Montgomery Blair High School last year.
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Montgomery County’s Pedestrian Safety Volunteers – the “Protectores del Camino” and “SWAG Team” – joined forces with Montgomery County Fire Rescue at the Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade on November 17 to keep pedestrians safe. The County is working to improve pedestrian safety and the walkability of our communities. 400 pedestrians are struck by vehicles each year in Montgomery County, and this time of year is the most dangerous for pedestrians since there are so many dark hours per day. For this reason, volunteers handed out reflective zipper pulls to the crowd - as a reminder to wear bright or reflective clothing during dark hours so drivers can see you. When accidents occur in Silver Spring, Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department rescue vehicles, like the one driven in the parade by Firefighter/EMT Darian Unger, rush to help. Banners were posted on the ambulance warning parade goers, "Let's not meet by accident. Keep Pedestrians Safe. Be Safe. Be Seen." It's far better to have careful drivers and thoughtful pedestrians to help avoid collisions in the first place. Slow down...share the road...think about pedestrians...save a life.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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!