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Environmental Task Forces
Each year, coalitions around the country create local task forces with the goal of improving pedestrian conditions for children by making long-term environmental improvements.
In 2010, Safe Kids updated the Environmental Task Force initiative and partnered with the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) to provide expert trainers to conduct a two-day pedestrian safety workshop in the local communities of the grantees in order to prepare them to administer their newly awarded grants.
Projects are comprehensive in approach, involving engineering, education and enforcement solutions. Once implemented, HSRC staff evaluates the projects to assess their impact on reducing crashes involving child pedestrians.
Examples of environmental improvements that coalitions are completing include:
- Adding a curb to a school entrance.
- Installing pedestrian safety lights and countdown timers.
- Adding crossing signs.
- Installing high-visibility crosswalks and flashing lights.
- Adding solar-powered flashing school zone and speed limit signs.
- Replacing and retrofitting signal heads.