FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marion County Public Health Department, Health by Design, Keystone Millersville Neighborhood Association, and other key stakeholders are bringing together residents of the Avondale Meadows neighborhood to learn how to make their streets safer and more walkable.
During a Walk Safe Workshop on June 9, representatives from each organization will meet with residents to talk about how roads and sidewalks interact with walker and driver behavior to create a comfortable walking environment.
Activities will include a discussion about the state law that says pedestrians in the crosswalk have the right-of-way and cars must yield. Participants will also complete a walkability audit to see the area from the eyes of a pedestrian and, as a group, talk about possible changes or educational outreach that could help lower the number of pedestrians struck by vehicles in the neighborhood.
In 2016, Health by Design unveiled a safety education campaign, Walkways, to address Marion County’s most dangerous areas for walkers. The group partnered with the Marion County Public Health Department to analyze car-pedestrian crashes in Marion County that occurred between 2010 and 2016. The Health by Design team has worked with community partners to identify recommended countermeasures, seek infrastructure improvements, and raise awareness about pedestrian safety.
Pedestrian crash data from 2010 to 2016 shows that East 38th Street from the Indiana State Fairgrounds to Sherman Drive had a disproportionately high number of pedestrians struck by vehicles. Twenty-nine people were hit during this time period. Of those, 44 percent were children under the age of 20. Sixty-five percent of these accidents occurred between 4-8 p.m., 24 percent occurred at an intersection, and 45 percent of collisions happened mid-block.
The Walk Safe Workshop for residents in the Avondale Meadows area will be held on June 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Avondale Meadows YMCA, 3908 Meadows Drive.
For more information, please call (317) 221-2094 or visit MarionHealth.org/walk.
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