“Safe Roads for All” campaign kicks off Thursday

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Different groups that are all about transportation are coming together to try and make sure the roads are safe for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

It’s all part of the third annual “Safe Roads for All” initiative.

MoDOT, Trailnet and Metro teamed up for the campaign.

The effort focuses on cars, pedestrians and bicyclists all sharing the road and being aware of one another.

“You need to be aware that there are other people out there. They’re not really cyclists, they’re people on bicycles, they’re not pedestrians, they’re people walking, they’re not cars, they’re people driving,” said Ann Mack, Trailnet’s CEO.

Among those at Thursday’s event, Alison Kinderfather and her mother Kathleen. The 84 year old was hit by a car more than two years ago while waiting to cross a street in Webster Groves. Kathleen suffered numerous injuries.

Alison is now speaking out, “It’s important to be aware of the traffic around you, the walkers, the bikers, the motorcycles. Everyone has to share the road.”

The kickoff comes as St. Louis deals with a rough week on the roads. Four people were hit in two separate hit and runs this past Sunday night. One of the victims died.

Then early Monday morning, another incident in south St. Louis involved a bicycle and a car. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries in that accident.

“We just have to watch out for each other. We have to understand the bicyclists and pedestrians, they are out there, and they’re a very vulnerable mode of transportation,” explained Tom Blair, with MoDOT.

After the event, some people biked downtown while others walked to a nearby Metrolink station and took a train downtown.

The point of the campaign is simple: “Be aware of each other on the road. Give each other a break and slow down,” said Mack.

MoDOT says more than 200 pedestrians have been killed in the last three years in Missouri. That’s a 2% jump over the previous three-year period.

The “Safe Roads for All” campaign runs throughout May.

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