Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Councilmember Ervin, County Executive Leggett to Announce Pedestrian Improvements in Silver Spring on March 26

Enhancements to 2nd Avenue Will Improve Access to Public Transportation and Safety for Seniors, People with Disabilities

SILVER SPRING, Md., March 23, 2009—Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, the County Council’s representative to the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee and an advocate for pedestrian safety, will join County Executive Isiah Leggett and Silver Spring residents to announce the completion of pedestrian improvements to 2nd Avenue in Silver Spring. The event will take place Thursday, March 26, at 10 a.m. outside Elizabeth House at 1400 Fenwick Lane (intersection of Fenwick Lane and 2nd Avenue). A small reception will follow at Holy Cross Hospital Senior Source at 8580 2nd Ave. in Silver Spring.

In December 2006, Councilmember Ervin and County Executive Leggett released the Pedestrian Safety Initiative. The Initiative seeks to decrease the number of pedestrian related accidents through a comprehensive approach that includes education, enforcement and engineering. Along 2nd Avenue, a significant number of engineering improvements were made, including the installation of ADA accessible ramps and bump-outs, upgraded crosswalks and pedestrian signals and the relocation of a bus shelter.

“Pedestrian safety is all about improving access and creating connectivity, so that our residents are comfortable and safe while walking,” said Councilmember Ervin, who represents Kensington, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Wheaton. “The improvements made on 2nd Avenue are particularly important due to the high number of seniors living in adjacent buildings and for those who participate in Holy Cross Senior Source programs.”

Pedestrian safety has been a priority in the administration of County Executive Leggett.

“My recommended operating budget for Fiscal Year 2010 increases spending on pedestrian safety by more than $4 million to further the goals of the Pedestrian Safety Initiative,” said County Executive Leggett. “I am committed to keeping pedestrians safe, and our engineering, enforcement and education efforts are making a difference. With these additional funds, we’ll be able to do more in Silver Spring and throughout the County.”

Councilmember Ervin recognized the efforts of many in helping spur the program.

“I want to thank Silver Spring resident Sheila Cogan for her advocacy on this project, the Department of Transportation for completing the work in such a timely manner and Jennifer Nettles of Downtown Silver Spring for helping with the reception,” said Councilmember Ervin. “Each pedestrian improvement we make creates a safer environment for our residents and helps reduce the potential for pedestrian accidents.”

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