For immediate release: September 17, 2008

Zoe Baldwin, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
212-268-7474; 609-271-0778

Alle Ries, La Casa de Don Pedro
973-482-8312; 201-951-8390


Newark Takes Steps Toward Pedestrian Safety… Just in Time for School

La Casa de Don Pedro, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and elected officials rallied at Correta Scott King Community Playground at 3pm today, where the City of Newark has installed new flashing signs alerting motorists to yield to crossing pedestrians near the Barringer 9 Success Academy.

The flashing signs, installed by the City of Newark on August 1st, are the latest result of a two-year effort by advocacy, environmental and community development organizations to make Newark safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Previously, the two organizations secured safety precautions such as improved signage and new striping of crosswalks at eleven intersections in Newark's Lower Broadway neighborhood. Today's rally outside Barringer 9 celebrated the victories and emphasized the safety of children as they walk to school.

"It's great to see Newark progress toward streets that are safe for the children and adults who live, work, and go to school in Newark. This light is a great step in the right direction, and we urge the City to continue its commitment to pedestrian safety and traffic calming," said Kate Slevin, Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a regional non-profit advocacy group.

Raymond Ocasio, Executive Director of La Casa, said, "We applaud the City for recognizing the dangers for students walking to Newark Schools, as speeding drivers are an enormous hazard for this community.  Drivers coming off the highway maintain that speed and mentality as they commute through our community, and the City needs to keep up the good work in order to fully protect residents."