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DDOT, DCPS to Celebrate New Vision Zero Project to Improve Traffic Safety Education for Students

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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DDOT, DCPS to Celebrate New Vision Zero Project to Improve Traffic Safety Education for Students

(Washington, DC) — The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), will celebrate the ribbon cutting of a new Vision Zero traffic safety project, known as traffic gardens, at Neval Thomas Elementary School on March 27, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Traffic gardens are miniature towns made up of small-sized streets painted on the school’s playground. The gardens provide students with a safe space to learn about roadway safety by riding bicycles and learning to navigate the streets away from motorized traffic. They include street signs, bike lanes, stop lights, and more, building on DCPS’ program to teach every second-grader how to ride a bicycle.

The project, funded by DDOT’s Vision Zero grant program, was completed by George Mason University, Torti Gallas + Partners, Discover Traffic Gardens, and other partners. Each year, DDOT awards grants to District-based organizations to fund projects that advance Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero initiative to end fatalities and serious injuries in the District.

WHO
Lewis D. Ferebee, DCPS Chancellor
Jeff Marootian, DDOT Director
Dr. Bethany Usher, George Mason University
Cass Isidro, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Greg Billing, Washington Area Bicyclists Association

WHEN
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

WHERE
Neval Thomas Elementary School 650 Anacostia Ave NE Washington, DC 20019

Press interested in attending the event should RSVP to Lauren Stephens at [email protected].

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