[tabi] participate in the "Dangerous by Design" report
- From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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- Date: Thu, 5 May 2011 21:46:45 -0400
----- Original Message ----- Design report national r... From: dhuff@xxxxxxxxxxx Reply-to: DHuff@xxxxxxxxxxx Sent: 4/26/2011 4:40:30 P.M. Central Daylight Time Design report national release Subject: Participate in the Dangerous by Design report national release Dear Walking Advocate / Professional - On May 24th, the Transportation for America campaign and many of its partners are releasing an updated version of the Dangerous by Design report on pedestrian safety. The report will be released at the national level and locally in many states and regions, providing data on pedestrian fatalities over the last 10 years, providing some ranking of metro areas across the country, and ranking counties within a state, and calling on Congress to support the Complete Streets Bill and to protect dedicated funding for walking and biking. The report is being released so soon because we want to have it out before the federal transportation bill is introduced in both houses of Congress. America Walks is providing advice on the report at the national level, and we would definitely appreciate the help of groups affiliated with America Walks in the following ways: 1. Good Stories - while statistics are important, nothing inspires media attention like good stories. We are looking for help with local stories that can illustrate the following, with the first being the best kind of story for us: a. An example of a place (intersection, crosswalk area, side of the highway where people are forced to walk) that was unsafe and where there was a pedestrian injury or fatality, but then there was a federal investment in improving the design of the facility, and then the safety of the place/facility improved. We plan to highlight a couple of the best stories in the report and the national release; stories will improve local press releases in areas that run one of the coordinated media events (see 2, below); b. An example of a facility/place that has been made markedly safer by a federal investment (e.g., with a Transportation Enhancements or SRTS project) c. An example of a pedestrian fatality or serious injury or series of injuries/fatalities clearly caused by the poor design of the facility, where there is little question of some other cause for the incident. 2. Organizing Media Releases - We like to know if your organization is interested in hosting or co-hosting a local release of the report in your community. T4America will not be able to do local releases of the report in every state with our capacity limits, so we'd like to know if your organization has the capacity and interest to be a part of this release. In November 2009, we were able to work with local walk, bike, transit, equity and health groups across the country to generate many hundreds of stories around this report, and hope to do so again this May. As always, we strive with this report to balance the attention needed on the poor design on many of our nation's roads and the consequences for pedestrians with the knowledge that more active transportation options are needed in every community, and safety is a problem that can and should be addressed. If you have stories that you can share, or if you are interested in possibly hosting or co-hosting a local release, please contact Akshai Singh, T4America Organizer, at akshai.singh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx , or at (202) 955-5543 x211. Please also Cc me at sbricker@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx . Thank you. Scott Bricker Director m. 503.757.8342 Making America a Great Place to Walk! Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.
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