Tag: Pedestrian Safety

A sign reading "push button to turn on warning lights" mounted above a button on a street light.

Promote Accessible Streetscape Design

Ensure that the Needs of People with Vision Loss are Well Represented in Smart Growth America’s Survey Smart Growth America, a national organization that advocates for livable, sustainable neighborhoods and communities, is conducting a survey to learn more about the needs and challenges people with disabilities face when walking or rolling in their community. The… Continue Reading Promote Accessible Streetscape Design

An accessible pedestrian signal

The Power of Local Advocacy in Making Our Streets Safer

Advocating for pedestrian safety with local officials can sometimes be as intimidating as navigating a dangerous intersection. Just ask Kathi Zoern. “It’s scary,” says the Wausau resident. “But it’s important to advocate. If you don’t do something, nothing’s going to change.” Some years back, Kathi, who has been visually impaired since birth, began to attend… Continue Reading The Power of Local Advocacy in Making Our Streets Safer

The legs of a person walking on snow with the aid of a white cane.

With the Right Preparation, Winter Conditions Need Not Be Dangerous and Disorienting

“Winter is not a season. It’s an occupation.” -Sinclair Lewis One look at Sinclair Lewis’ quote and it makes sense that the American writer grew up in Minnesota. Winter weather causes ice and snow, school closings, power outages, car accidents, falls and broken bones. It also should cause planning and extra caution. For people with… Continue Reading With the Right Preparation, Winter Conditions Need Not Be Dangerous and Disorienting

A sign reading "push button to turn on warning lights" mounted above a button on a street light.

Show Them the Money: Potential New Funding Sources for Pedestrian Safety Features

“Great idea, but we just don’t have the money.” It’s a refrain that’s painfully familiar to every advocate who deals with policymakers at any level of government. Pedestrian safety is a prime example. Safety features like sidewalks, signalized intersections, accessible pedestrian signals, proper curb ramp placement and tactile warning fields all come with significant costs.… Continue Reading Show Them the Money: Potential New Funding Sources for Pedestrian Safety Features

A man riding in a trishaw pedaled by another man

A Bicycle Built for You?

Experiencing a disability, whether a physical one that limits mobility or a sensory one like vision loss, can affect the way we take part in outdoor recreation. But it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of a particular activity. Take bicycle riding, for example. In recent years, a few different forms of accessible cycling have emerged… Continue Reading A Bicycle Built for You?

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A sign reading "push button to turn on warning lights" mounted above a button on a street light.

Promote Accessible Streetscape Design

Ensure that the Needs of People with Vision Loss are Well Represented in Smart Growth America’s Survey Smart Growth America, a national organization that advocates for livable, sustainable neighborhoods and communities, is conducting a survey to learn more about the needs and challenges people with disabilities face when walking or rolling in their community. The… Continue Reading Promote Accessible Streetscape Design

An accessible pedestrian signal

The Power of Local Advocacy in Making Our Streets Safer

Advocating for pedestrian safety with local officials can sometimes be as intimidating as navigating a dangerous intersection. Just ask Kathi Zoern. “It’s scary,” says the Wausau resident. “But it’s important to advocate. If you don’t do something, nothing’s going to change.” Some years back, Kathi, who has been visually impaired since birth, began to attend… Continue Reading The Power of Local Advocacy in Making Our Streets Safer

The legs of a person walking on snow with the aid of a white cane.

With the Right Preparation, Winter Conditions Need Not Be Dangerous and Disorienting

“Winter is not a season. It’s an occupation.” -Sinclair Lewis One look at Sinclair Lewis’ quote and it makes sense that the American writer grew up in Minnesota. Winter weather causes ice and snow, school closings, power outages, car accidents, falls and broken bones. It also should cause planning and extra caution. For people with… Continue Reading With the Right Preparation, Winter Conditions Need Not Be Dangerous and Disorienting

A sign reading "push button to turn on warning lights" mounted above a button on a street light.

Show Them the Money: Potential New Funding Sources for Pedestrian Safety Features

“Great idea, but we just don’t have the money.” It’s a refrain that’s painfully familiar to every advocate who deals with policymakers at any level of government. Pedestrian safety is a prime example. Safety features like sidewalks, signalized intersections, accessible pedestrian signals, proper curb ramp placement and tactile warning fields all come with significant costs.… Continue Reading Show Them the Money: Potential New Funding Sources for Pedestrian Safety Features

A man riding in a trishaw pedaled by another man

A Bicycle Built for You?

Experiencing a disability, whether a physical one that limits mobility or a sensory one like vision loss, can affect the way we take part in outdoor recreation. But it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of a particular activity. Take bicycle riding, for example. In recent years, a few different forms of accessible cycling have emerged… Continue Reading A Bicycle Built for You?