22 Sep 2015
02 Sep 2015
Did you know that a pedestrian is killed every seven minutes in the U.S? Right here in Lowry, a few days ago, a mother and her son were hit while they rode their bikes in the neighborhood. No serious injuries were reported, but this could have easily ended very differently. Slowing down can save lives. A child hit at 30 mph has a 80% chance of survival; a child hit at 40mph has a 70% chance of being a traffic fatality. It is that simple: Slow Down, Be Alert and Save Lives.
Last year in Colorado alone there were 1,453 pedestrian crashes. Of those, 293 were seriously hurt and 65 killed. Nationally, it’s estimated that 5,000 pedestrians are killed and 85,000 pedestrians are injured each year. During the last decade, more than 63,000 pedestrians died and more than a million others were injured in pedestrian-vehicle crashes. Slow Down, Be Alert and Save Lives.
Lowry’s streets are maintained and governed by the City of Denver. Lowry residents can help make our streets safer: call today to get more patrols in Lowry and increase traffic safety measures. The reckless driving does not come from residents alone, but those who are just passing through or stopping for a quick errand. Please call and alert DPD and city services to areas where speeding is common or places where crosswalks or other traffic control measures would make our neighborhood safer for pedestrians and bike traffic. Find contact information for the Denver Police Department and City of Denver departments, below. Slow Down, Be Alert and Save Lives.
Lowry resident Gina Febbraro is taking action by organizing a group of community members into a new Lowry Traffic Safety Committee. If you are interested in helping to develop and implement a resident-led, strategic approach to tackling traffic/safety issues in Lowry, Gina will be hosting the committee’s first meeting in her home on Wednesday, September 23rd from 7-8:30P. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School is back in session so that means lots of children walking or biking to school and school buses. Slow down and stop, be careful when driving around children. Observe school zones and follow crossing guards’ directions. Slow Down, Be Alert and Save Lives.
Tips for Pedestrian Safety:
Don’t use iPhones and iPods while crossing the street.
Look both ways, make eye contact, don’t let your guard down even when you have the right away.
Teach children child safety
Don’t cross the road ever between cars, if there is no crosswalk cross a corner
Wear reflective clothing at night and bright colors during the day when walking
Tips for Drivers Safety:
Obey traffic signs and signals
Don’t be distracted, distracted driving kills
Assume at all times that there could be pedestrians, watch out for their safety (sometimes you are that pedestrian too). Children are unpredictable and distracted, if you see a child even on a sidewalk, please slow down
Watch for school busses and flash stop signs
Don’t block crosswalks
Don’t drive under the influence for any reason
Wear seat belts at all times
Make sure child safety seats are installed correctly
Tips for Bicycle Safety:
Obey all traffic signals and signs not obeying them can put many lives in danger
Communicate all turns and stops with hand signals
Make yourself visible, make sure you wear bright clothing and at night have lights and reflective clothing
Be Alert, watch for cars and pedestrians make eye contact and communicate
Wear a Helmet
Teach children safety rules too
Contacts & Resources:
District 3 Police Commander:
Neighborhood Resource Officers:
Non Emergency Police:
Report Potholes, Graffiti and more to Denver Help Line:
311 or 720-913-1311
Mary Beth Susman
Colorado Safe Driver
In the case of Emergencies please call 9-1-1