[Vision2020] PR - International Walk To School Day

Joe Campbell philosopher.joe at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 13:35:59 PDT 2009

Good point.

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 1, 2009, at 11:43 AM, "Art Deco" <deco at moscow.com> wrote:

> Instead of having some feel good but meaningless, ineffective walk  
> to school safely day," why not encourage the MPD to do a much better  
> job of traffic law enforcement?
> There is not a day that I drive in Moscow that I don't see at least  
> one vehicle run a stop light or stop sign, sometimes several  
> vehicles.  For example, at Washington and 3rd (one block from the  
> MPD station), drivers turning left onto 3rd frequently continue to  
> do so long after their light has turned red -- sometimes getting  
> stuck in the intersection because traffic on 3rd has stopped for  
> various reasons, thereby blocking the intersection for through  
> traffic.
> While vehicles are not the only problem at crosswalks and  
> intersections -- yes, there are careless, stupid, and/or arrogant  
> pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, etc, some even on cell  
> phones -- some drivers seem to feel that they have the right-of way  
> regardless or else they are grossly inattentive.
> A reminder needs to be given to drivers that bicyclists, even when  
> mounted on their bicycles, have the same right-of-way privileges as  
> pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.  Some drivers need  
> to be reminded that honking at other vehicles that stop for  
> pedestrians/bicyclists crossing at crosswalks/intersections is not  
> appropriate behavior.
> Drivers frequently make unsafe turns or entries in front of other  
> vehicles, pedestrians, and bikes.
> I thought when the very unfortunate collision happened to Moscow's  
> lone motorcycle officer as a result of someone making an unsafe left  
> turn, the department would really step up traffic enforcement, but I  
> appear to have been wrong.  I also hoped that when David Duke became  
> the assistant police chief that traffic law enforcement would  
> improve; again I appear to have been wrong.  I guess that until some  
> non-expendable male from the Christ Church Cult is severely injured  
> by a careless and/or law-breaking driver, the enforcement level will  
> continue as now -- about a 2 on a scale of 0 to 10.
> Art Deco
> Wayne A. Fox
> 1009 Karen Lane
> PO Box 9421
> Moscow, ID  83843
> waf at moscow.com
> 208 882-7975
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Stephanie Kalasz
> To: v2020
> Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 10:56    AM
> Subject: [Vision2020] PR - International Walk To School Day
> Press Release – International Walk to School Day
> To:      Interested Media
> From:  Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor
>             206 E. 3rd St., Moscow, Idaho 83843
> Telephone: (208) 883-7006; Fax: (208) 883-7018
> E-mail: griedner at ci.moscow.id.us
> c:         Mayor, City Council, All City Users
> Re:      City of Moscow Press Release
> Date:   October 1, 2009
> International Walk to School Day
> Moscow, Idaho – The City of Moscow and University of Idaho Safe Rout 
> es to School Program is sponsoring a celebration of International Wa 
> lk to School Day on October 7, 2009.  The Moscow School District Ele 
> mentary, Junior High School and Charter Schools are invited to join  
> schools from around the world to celebrate along with parents, teach 
> ers and community leaders.
> Approximately 1,000 students from the Moscow School District  
> Elementary and Junior High School and Charter Schools are expected  
> to participate by walking to school Wednesday, October 7 along with  
> parents, teachers and community leaders.
> The event will begin before school with kids, parents and community  
> leaders walking from their homes to school.  Students who walk or  
> bike to school will receive special prizes and acknowledgment for  
> participating in the Walk to School Day event.
> In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include  
> 5,000 schools from all 50 states.  Walkers from the U.S. will join  
> children and adults in 40 countries around the world.
> Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and  
> bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing  
> physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic  
> congestion, concern for the environment and building connections  
> between families, schools and the broader community.
> The event is being organized by the City of Moscow and University of  
> Idaho Safe Routes to School Program.  Safe Routes to    School  
> encourages safe walking and riding to school, promotes biking and  
> walking education and engages the community to build a more walkable  
> and bikeable Moscow.
> For additional local information, please contact University of Idaho  
> coordinators Christa Davis at 208-885-7921 or Helen Brown at helenb at uidaho.edu 
> .
> ###
> For additional information, please visit these Web sites:
> International Walk to School in the USA                          www.walktoschool.org
> National Center for Safe Routes to School                       www.saferoutesinfo.org
> International Walk to  
> School                                               www.iwalktoschool.org
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