Join a Safe Streets Team
One important component of a local safe streets campaign is to provide community leaders with the information and the resources they need to make needed changes to street infrastructure and policies. The Safe Streets Collaborative can help! We offer presentations for a variety of audiences that help select board members, planning commissioners, police officers, and other community leaders identify and act on safe streets-related community needs.
Select Boards and Planning Commissions -- learn how towns can change policies and improve infrastructure to make streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike
Police Departments -- request a training for officers on effective enforcement of the rules of the road for cyclists and pedestrians
School Boards and Principals -- get help identifying the most important changes you can make to promote safe walking and biking to school
Other Community Groups -- learn how community residents can get involved in building a culture of safety and respect on your streets
What is a Safe Streets Team?
Safe Streets Teams are made up of volunteers who work together in their own communities on projects to make their streets and sidewalks safer for everyone. Team members decide for themselves what they want to focus on and how much time they have to give, and Local Motion staff provide the support and resources they need to get things done.
What kinds of projects to Safe Streets Teams work on?
While all projects have one thing in common -- a focus on improving safety for bike riders, pedestrians, and motorists as they interact with each other -- the specifics are driven by the priorities in each community. Here are a few examples of what our teams took on in 2011:
Do I have to go to lots of meetings to be on a Safe Streets Team?
Definitely not! The teams are all about getting things done. Each team meets once a year to brainstorm and map out strategies for the year. Then team members simply sign up for volunteer events that match their schedule and interests. Each event typically lasts only an hour or two, and every event is coordinated either by a volunteer leader or by Local Motion staff.
Which communities have Safe Streets Teams?
Currently, Local Motion is actively working with Safe Streets volunteers in five communities: Burlington, South Burlington, Essex (Town and Junction), Winooski, and Shelburne. There is also a UVM team and a multi-town cycling outreach team (which focuses on bike-car interactions during group bike rides).
Sign me up! How do I get involved?
Alternatively, you can simply vist the webpage of the team for your community, where you will find a list of projects and a calendar of upcoming events. If you see something you like, just email the event organizer and then go to the event!