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By Jana Lynott & Shannon Guzman, AARP Public Policy Institute
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Following is an excerpt of the remarks made by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at the 2016 Summit for the Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets, in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16.
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In 2009, a truck struck and killed Beverly Shelton’s grandson, Zachary, who was walking inside a marked crosswalk and accompanied by an adult. The driver had rolled through the stop sign rather than make a complete stop.
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When you think of winning a prize, what’s your first thought? Is it actually finding something in a box of Cracker Jack? Maybe, winning Lotto? (I was really hoping for that Powerball jackpot recently.) Or is it simply the thrill that comes with winning the prize? Whatever it may be, we love prizes. I can’t think of anyone I know who doesn’t.
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According to the National Complete Streets Coalition, a total of 712 jurisdictions — in 30 states, Washington, D.C., and all of Puerto Rico — now have Complete Streets policies in place. That means any new transportation projects in these areas will, by law, resolution or approved policy follow “a process for selecting, funding, designing and building transportation projects that allow safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel.”
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AARP New York volunteers hit the streets last week to survey hundreds of intersections for walkers safety. They were joined by local partners, elected officials and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to raise awareness of dangerous intersections and promote so-called, "Complete Streets" planning that accounts for pedestrians of all generations.
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With the new transportation bill to go in fron of Congress this year, this is a great opportunity to let your elected officials know what you think about the roads where you live.
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