In recent times, Ulster County and the Town of Kingston have invested tens of 1000’s of bucks in street protection campaigns. Now, they are going to obtain $68,489 extra in a grant supplied by way of the New York State Governor’s Visitors Protection Committee to coach folks the way to correctly stroll, motorcycle and pressure.
“Our purpose is to scale back the selection of roadway incidents and thereby scale back site visitors accidents and deaths in Ulster County,” mentioned Tom Polk, YMCA Bicycle Program Supervisor.
Mark j.F. Schroeder, a state-appointed site visitors protection czar and Division of Motor Cars Commissioner mentioned that the state “is dedicated to bettering protection for each one that makes use of our roadways, in particular pedestrians and bicyclists who’re a few of the maximum susceptible.”
In Kingston, 3 cyclists have been struck and killed by way of automobiles in 2021. Town lately spent tens of 1000’s of bucks hiring a advertising and marketing company to advertise a “Be a Street Hero” marketing campaign, which incorporated movies, social media posts, garden indicators and an immediate mailer with street protection guidelines equivalent to “cyclists will have to obey all indicators, boulevard markings, and alerts” and “all the time look ahead to pedestrians and cyclists.”
Regardless of the “heroic” efforts, a pedestrian used to be lately hit by way of a automotive in Kingston, some other pedestrian used to be hit after operating into shifting site visitors on 9W, and a automotive used to be lately hit by way of a teach at a notoriously bad intersection.