Sun, Feb 09 | Wheaton High School

Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Safety Town Hall

Join Lynne and pedestrian safety advocates to find innovative, common sense solutions to get our kids to school safely.
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Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Safety Town Hall

Time & Location

Feb 09, 2020, 2:00 PM
Wheaton High School, 12401 Dalewood Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20906, USA

About The Event

 In October 2018 three Kennedy High School students where seriously injured on Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill. They were doing exactly what they were supposed to be doing, exactly where they were supposed to be -- waiting at their regular MCPS bus stop to go to school - when two cars going way too fast collided on Georgia Ave, one of them flying off the road and into the students. Sadly, that was neither the first nor the last such serious and avoidable incident - pedestrians and bicyclists being injured - and even killed - is regular news in our county.

After the October 2018 pedestrian injuries, Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) immediately reached out to MCPS and the VisionZero folks in MoCo planning to see what -- together -- we could do to make the simple act of getting to and from school safer for students.

MCCPTA's "Safe Routes and Safe Stops" committee was born. Many of its members -- like Alison Gillespie Zoe Tishaev Melissa Regan and Kristy Daphnis are MoCo transit and pedestrian safety powerhouse advocates. Connecting with many other pedestrian safety and transit groups like Montgomery County Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee MCCPTA put together the first ever "Arrive Alive" forum last October.

There are lots of people working on pedestrian/bike/traffic safety, lots of good, common sense ideas, lots of innovative traffic calming technologies and designs to make MoCo truly pedestrian friendly - and some disagreement on priorities and approaches. But - bottom line -- we need to work together effectively and move faster to make our county safer for everyone.

This Sunday afternoon at Wheaton HS the County Council is hosting a Town Hall - if you want to learn more, and find ways to get involved - countywide or hyperlocal -- this is a good opportunity to meet and hear from lots of people, organizations and agencies tasked with doing this work.

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