Sunday, October 31, 2010
City of Dunwoody Receives Golden Shoe Award
The City of Dunwoody is honored to receive a 2010 Golden Shoe Award from the Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) organization in recognition of efforts to make Dunwoody a pedestrian friendly City. This is the first Golden Shoe Award for Dunwoody and a strong acknowledgement of its dedication to all pedestrian safety and accessibility issues. The City will officially receive the award in a ceremony held on November 10 at Georgia State University.
“Improving Dunwoody’s sidewalk infrastructure is important not only to the City but to the residents,” stated Michael Smith, Director of Public Works. “Receiving this award is validation of our commitment to make Dunwoody more walk-able for the enjoyment of everyone who lives and visits here.”
One of the City’s top priorities is to create an environment where pedestrians can safely navigate in and around Dunwoody. The policies and projects completed this year focused on making Dunwoody known as a City where children can safely walk to school. In the spring of this year, City Council adopted a sidewalk improvement policy that identified future sidewalk projects and outlined a process for prioritizing these initiatives. By approving this policy, Council made it a priority to fund sidewalk projects in school walking zones. The City has already completed a new sidewalk segment at Dunwoody Elementary School and will complete two other projects in school zones by year’s end.
Additionally, the City has completed installation of permanent radar signs that display and record driver’s speeds in each of the City’s elementary school zones. Data gathered from the first signs installed has indicated that average vehicle speeds have decreased by 3 mph in the school zones.
“Speeding in school zones and neighborhoods is a serious and pervasive problem,” stated Dunwoody Councilman, John Heneghan. “I am proud that the City was able to implement the radar signs as an effective and affordable solution of reminding drivers of their responsibilities and making our school zones safer for our children.”
For additional information regarding the Golden Shoe Award or the City’s sidewalk plan please contact Michael Smith, Director of Public Works, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-382-6700. For more information on PEDS please visit their website at www.peds.org.