Northwest Traffic Safety Task Force addresses pedestrian deaths – Timesherald

The newly formed Northwest Traffic Safety Task Force held a meeting at Germantown Friends School to address the dramatic increase in injuries and deaths among pedestrians and cyclists over the past two years.

Communities in the northwest section of the city including Roxborough, Germantown, and Mt.iry experienced an increase in crashes, traffic deaths, and injuries to pedestrians and cyclists along the Henry Ave and Germantown Ave lanes. during that time period.

The meeting was organized by the Germantown Traffic Safety Coalition co-chairs, Sherif Ali and Suzanne Hagner, in partnership with the “Mount. Air Neighbors Calm Committee” led by Kettura Dior and Ann Decker.

The list of invited guests and attendees included representatives from various community associations, businesses, and city officials who will be putting their collective heads together to come up with suggestions to help mitigate this troubling pattern.

The impressive schedule included Philadelphia Street Management Deputy Commissioner Rich Melendez, Wendy Green-Harvey of Cipta, State Representative Darisha Parker and her staff, Patrick Jones (representing State Representative Stephen Kinsey), and Manny Walder of Green Street Friends School. Capt. Austin Frazier, 14th Police District.

Others in the illustrious field include Sharang Malavia of PennDOT and Dawn Pinto, Director of Policy from the Cycling Coalition, and Nicole Brunet, CEO of Germantown United, Emaleigh Doley, along with GFS Dir. From community relations, d. Zara Adams, and GFS Principal Dana Weeks are facilitating the meeting.

Sharif Ali, co-chair of the coalition, shares his concerns about the increase in pedestrian and cyclist accidents.
Representative Darisha Parker pledged support in Harrisburg to address safety issues
Representative Darisha Parker pledged support in Harrisburg to address safety issues
Ann Decker (left), Susan Hagner and Nicole Brunet form a united front in attacking their safety concerns.
Ann Decker (left), Susan Hagner and Nicole Brunet form a united front in attacking their safety concerns.
Street Commissioner Rich Melendez offered his contribution to suggested treatments to address the problem.
Street Commissioner Rich Melendez offered his contribution to suggested treatments to address the problem.

The meeting struck an emotional chord when attendee Sydney Osier made an impassioned plea to drivers to “slow down” after his son Sam was killed while riding his bike near his home along Henry Street.

The meeting focused on hearing directly from policy makers such as the Streets Dept. and Philly Police and Penn Dot on how the community can support its agenda with a particular interest in short-term solutions to reducing driver speeds that will have an impact on savings. spirits.

Some suggested treatments include:

• Awareness campaigns for drivers on PSA

• Sobriety checks on the road

• Installing speed cameras

• Barriers on the sidewalk to protect pedestrians

The meeting concluded with the attendees’ commitment to participate in the “Traffic Safety Working Group” to provide updates and solutions aimed at increasing traffic and pedestrian safety in both communities.

Rick Cowley pictures

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