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By Jana Lynott & Shannon Guzman, AARP Public Policy Institute
Logo for Mayors' Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets
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.
Stop Texting & Driving
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.
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.
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.”
Dangerously Incomplete Streets
The AARP Livable Communities team is proud to announce that our recently relaunched website ( and still-young monthly e-newsletter ( can now be described as “award-winning.”
Route 27
Sunrise Highway, also known as Route 27, is an east-west thoroughfare that extends across Long Island, from the New York borough of Brooklyn to the seaside village of Montauk Point.
Three years ago the "Dangerous by Design" report noted that between the years 2000 and 2009 the number of vehicle-caused pedestrian deaths was equivalent to "a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month."
Rainbow over Honolulu.
To tourists and aspiring tourists, Hawaii typically means tropical beaches, balmy breezes, beautiful scenery and, perhaps, pineapple.
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