Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Safe Routes to School Program completes third grant cycle

MCDOT’s Safe Routes to School program just wrapped up one of its two-year grants from the Maryland Highway Safety Office. It promotes the 3 E’s – Engineering, Education, and Enforcement – at schools.  Read More

County Executive’s State of the County speech included transportation topics

Speaking before hundreds of County residents at the Silver Spring Civic Building Wednesday night (February 20th), County Executive Ike Leggett said that, “the state of Montgomery County is strong – and growing stronger. We all are fortunate to live in one of the nation’s best places to raise a family, get an education, earn a living and build a business. Most of America would change places with us in a heartbeat.” It was the first time in recent years that the Executive has given a State of the County speech.  Read More

Ripley Street portion of Metropolitan Branch Trail opens in Silver Spring

The extension of the Metropolitan Branch Trail at the Silver Spring Metro Station to Ripley Street is now open. Last month, a portion of the trail opened to enhance accessibility around the Transit Center.  Read More

Monday, February 11, 2013

Educational campaigns strive to keep pedestrians safe this winter

The County has launched two education campaigns to improve public safety – both encourage residents to look out for each other during the winter when there is greater hours of darkness.
A new MCDOT pedestrian safety campaign features bus posters showing the eyes of two county students and the slogan, “Hey You, I’m Looking at You.”  The campaign focuses on the most important factors in reducing crashes: visibility of pedestrians, and vigilance by drivers.
County Police also carried out their “Shop with a Cop” campaign this past holiday season. Police officers patrolled retail areas to provide extra security and remind shoppers to drive and walk safe -- especially in parking lots.
The “Eyes” campaign was developed by a group of Blair High School students.  A contest was conducted among students to have their eyes featured in the campaign materials. The winning eyes remind pedestrians to establish eye contact with drivers, be visible, and look both ways before crossing the street.  They also prompt drivers to look out for pedestrians.
Best Eyes Campaign