On Friday, March 3, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. (weather permitting), the Macon-Bibb County Pedestrian Safety Review Board (PSRB) will educate students and parents about the importance of only crossing streets at crosswalks and when the light indicates it is safe to do so. The PSRB’s new female mascot, Pedora the Pedestrian, will be in front of Alexander II Magnet School (1156 College Street) at the H.A.W.K. system (traffic control device) providing pedestrian safety tips and walking with families across the street using the crosswalk.
This will be the first appearance of Pedora the Pedestrian, and the PSRB has plans for her to be an an integral part of its ‘Cross the Walk’ Pedestrian Safety Education Campaign. She will help educate the public on the importance of crosswalk use, encourage pedestrian safety, and represent the board at various community-related events. The PSRB is still looking for a male to volunteer and serve as Peddy the Pedestrian and partner with Pedora at various community outreach events.
The Bibb County School District (BCSD) has been a partner of the ‘Cross the Walk’ Pedestrian Safety Education Campaign since September 2016. They have allowed school administrators to include the pedestrian safety tips from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway (GOHS) as a part of the school announcements on a daily basis.
Members of the PSRB, AARP volunteers, and BCSD’s Director of Communications Stephanie Hartley, Director of Risk Management David Gowan, and Deputy Chief Stephanie Prater will be at the outreach event.
About the Cross the Walk Campaign
The Macon-Bibb County Pedestrian Safety Review Board has launched the Cross the Walk campaign. It’s focused on teaching pedestrians and drivers how to stay safe when using our sidewalks and streets – all in an effort to curb Macon-Bibb’s pedestrian fatality rate, which is one of the highest in Georgia. At a campaign kickoff, leaders unveiled signage that will be placed throughout the community, and children performed the campaign jingle. You can hear their song, and see what our leaders are doing in this MaconBibbTV feature video. In the video, Coroner Leon Jones identifies the most dangerous streets in town, and talks about what people can do to stay safe.
About the Pedestrian Safety Review Board
Responding to concerns about pedestrian safety, the Macon-Bibb County Commission approved an ordinance sponsored by District 3 Commissioner Elaine Lucas that created the Pedestrian Safety Review Board. It is charged by the Commission with finding ways to make all of the county’s roads, streets, and alleys safe for pedestrians.
Meeting each month, the Board establishes a forum for the Sheriff’s Office, Health Department, School District, county departments, Planning and Zoning, elected officials, AARP, and concerned citizens to develop strategies for creating a safer environment for pedestrians. To learn more about the Board, click here.