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“Where the Crosswalk Begins” Sidewalk Art Encourages Pedestrian Safety

Post Date:04/03/2018 2:30 PM

The Greensboro Department of Transportation (GDOT) and Police Department want to encourage pedestrians to be safe downtown – and they’re using art to do it.

The City is partnering with UNCG, Dudley High School, and the Greensboro Police Foundation on “Where the Crosswalk Begins,” a public awareness campaign to encourage pedestrians to use the crosswalks in front of city hall.  On April 14, from 8 am to 1 pm, volunteers will paint the sidewalk in front of the Melvin Municipal Office Building, 330 W. Washington St., with five designs created by Dudley High School student Erik Lopez-Delgado. On April 16, from 7-9 am, the project team will be out in front of city hall talking to pedestrians and encouraging them to make use of the crosswalk.

The temporary sidewalk art, which was funded by a $1,500 Spark Grant from Action Greensboro and Downtown Greensboro Incorporated, will cover 1,100 square feet of sidewalk. It will serve as a directional and way finding element which brings awareness to pedestrian safety. Volunteers can sign up to participate in the painting project online.

The Washington Street crosswalks were chosen for this project because a large number of people crossing the street fail to properly use the crosswalks. UNCG students and GDOT conducted research on the intersection to assess pedestrian volume, crosswalk usage, and vehicle yielding non-compliance.

This project is an extension of the GDOT and Police’s ongoing efforts with Watch for Me NC, a North Carolina Department of Transportation program aimed at reducing the number of pedestrians and bicyclists hit and injured in crashes with vehicles. Approximately 3,000 pedestrians and 850 bicyclists are hit by cars on North Carolina streets each year, according to the Watch for Me NC.

For more information or questions on “Where the Crosswalk Begins” contact Daniel Amstutz at 336-373-2921.