Monday, November 30, 2009
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett launched a new pedestrian education program along Piney Branch Road between Flower Avenue and the Prince George’s County line, as part of the County’s overall strategy to make pedestrian safety improvements where the most pedestrian collisions in the County occur. Between January 2003 and December 2007, the 1.6 mile Piney Branch corridor had 26 pedestrian-or bicycle-related crashes, one of which was a fatality.
Pedestrian safety promotion teams are intercepting pedestrians who are engaged in risky behaviors and providing them with information about safe walking practices. The teams are working several days a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas and distributing information on safe walking, driving and biking in both English and Spanish. They are also providing reflective items to help pedestrians be more visible in the dark. In addition to on-street interventions, the teams are conducting pedestrian safety education at stores, apartment complexes, organized community events, and religious institutions.
The education initiative also includes ads at local movie theaters and on Ride On buses and bus shelters.
Go to the County’s website
for more information about engineering and enforcement efforts to increase pedestrian safety along Piney Branch Road.