Walk Safe with a Doc
September 25, 2020
Dr. Keasha Guerrier of LIJ Valley Stream started the morning with some tips on healthy grocery shopping and exercising safely.
NYCTS' Mark Hoffacker and Lowell Wolf shared pedestrian safety tips along our walk. We stopped at the NICE Bus Terminal and the Hempstead LIRR Station to hear about sustainable transportation in honor of Long Island Mobility Week.
Thank you to all that participated!
Health & Safety Day
September 20, 2020
On Sunday, September 20th, the members of Walk Safe Long Island hosted Health & Safety Day in Babylon Village.
Physical activity has never been more important than now during the pandemic when individuals’ defenses against the COVID-19 virus need the immunity boost an activity like walking can provide. About 50 Long Islanders took that advice to heart and joined the Walk with a Doc, led by Northwealth Health cardiologist Dr. Puneet Gandotra, around Argyle Park and surrounding streets in Babylon Village on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Walkers and event organizers kept safety in mind, including providing on-the-spot education about pedestrian safety laws offered by experts from the New York Coalition for Transportation Safety (NYCTS).
“More people are out and about walking and biking because of COVID-19,” said Cindy Brown, executive director of NYCTS. “My organization wants to be sure that these pedestrians and cyclists, as well as motorists, are aware of the laws benefiting pedestrians’ safety. Most people are unaware of the laws, but a visit to the WalkSafeLI website provides a quick link to the state laws. Everyone owes it to themselves to learn the rules of the road.”
The Village of Babylon hosted the Health and Safety Day event which, in addition to the walk and pedestrian law education, featured trauma education led by nurses from Good Samaritan Hospital, and information about safe driving tips and transit alternatives from other organizations. Stony Brook Medicine’s mobile mammography van was also onsite.
The event also recognized the start of Long Island Mobility Week, an effort led by Transit Solutions to get people to utilize other forms of transportation. The group was there accepting Car Free Day Pledges for that recognition day that happens September 25.
On September 9th, the New York Coalition for Transportation Safety hosted a Virtual Town Hall: Pedestrian safety on Long Island.
New York’s pedestrian safety laws were covered along with the pros and cons of the emerging micro-mobility movement (electric bikes and scooters).
Did you know that pedestrians should walk facing traffic? This is so motorists can establish a psychological connection with the walker and their presence on the road.
Check out the slides and poll responses to learn more.