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84 Mercer Island Reporter CarSmart/ S afe Neighborhood. program seeks to ease gridlock By DeAnn Rossetti Mcttc'i Island Ruptulct .W ‘l'his month. a King County-based grass roots program called (‘arSinart/Sale was launched to per— stiadc local citizens to slow down and time less. currently. if each family in King (mum took just one less car trip per day. it would remove from the roads six times the equivalent of daily traf- lic crossing the 520 floating bridge. it’s also estimated that 70 percent of all our trips are non—work related. In terms of safety. a pedestrian has a 5 percent chance of being killed in a collision with a car going 25 mph. and an XS percent chance of being killed in a collision with a car going 40 mph: the odds of fatalities increase for every five miles ‘per hour over that. Most pedestrian deaths occur in. residential areas. close to home. The (.‘arSn‘iart/Safe program pro— \ ides people with neighborhorxl action kits and videos that educate and il- lustrate ways to develop car pools and get the community to slow down in residential areas. plus help pedes— trians and hicyclists navigate the streets safely. The kit includes maps, stickers to pinpoint pick up areas and routes for car pools. and specific tips on how to stay safe when riding or walking the streets. The City of Mercer Island is dis— tributing CarSmait/Salc kits to groups around t-ltelsland. “We‘re using an established neigh‘ horhood network group who normally address disaster and emergency pre— paredness." said Nancy Fairchild. transportation projects coordinator for the City of Mercer Island. The (,TarSmart packets will be presented to thermand then they can find other 1 people Whovarc interested, she ex— l'illtillfflcl.’ W Mercur lslandhas special traffic problems that present a challenge to motorists and pedestrians alike. "We don‘thave a lot of sidewalks , here, sowe have to beparticularly careful to watch 'out for children walk~ L V CREATIVE SPACE (all for free Brochure or Vl'rll our Store Mill-‘2'? ’ I 3004883540 565 Industry Drive, lukwfltt WA 98! 88 57543207 Near Southtenler andnmre. I “www.mygatwawwamwcm more information. ing to and from school and to‘activi- ties." Fairchild said. “They often walk on the shoulder of the road, so dri~ vers have to be extra careful and ex— pect the unexpected." Fairchild recalls that though there have been no pedestrian fatalities on Mercer Island, last year there was an injury—accident involving a small child who was hit by a vehiclelat Island Crest Way and 53rd, near Island Park Elementary school. On the other hand, Mercer Island has advantages that other areas don’t have. . , V “We’re really fortunate that we’re on an Island that doesn’t experience ‘cut through ‘1 traffic, which commu— ‘ nities like Bellevue do]: she explained. “Traffic that‘s neither residents nor workers. “cuts through” Bellevue. But the majority of people who come to the Island live here, are doing business here or are visiting someone." The CarSmart/Safe program is not a stringent crack—down on Speeders or those who don’t car pool. It is just an educational tool to provide citi--. lens with ways to .cut down on traffic and pollution and make their streets safer for walking. “I think most people want to do the right thing.” said Fairchild. “They just need to be reminded. Public aware— ness is great, and we hope the Mercer Island community will get involved." For more information, call 206— 325- l l85, or visit its web site at ,www.alt- ’transorg/alt.trans/carsmartsafe. Aou TRAFFIC TIPS: Carpool once or twice a week to places that you and your neighbors commonly go, like the grocery store, bonk, church Or shopping malls. Ask if your church or bank saves ’prime’ parking spots for corpoolers. ‘ Walk to the bookstore, bi- cycle lo the movies or stroll to the produce slond. It’s not only a great way to lessen oir pol- lution by not driving, if works your heart and muscles and pro- vides cardiovascular fitness and relaxation. ' Ride the bus; with just sev~ en passengers aboard, the over- oge bus exceeds the fuel efficiency 0 a commuter driving clone. 0 Wear a helmet if you bi-~ cycle, and don’t surprise drivers , by running stop signs or riding on the wrong side of the mind. 0 When crossing in o des- ignated crosswalk, establish eye Contact with the driver to in- crease cznd ensure their. aware- ness of your intention to cross. Weor bright or while clothing when walking to help drivers see you, eSpecioIIy of night. 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