Chester County Launches Walk. Ride. Drive. Safe Campaign - Chester County
With the outdoor activity season in full swing and as children get ready to return to school, Chester County has launched a safety awareness campaign to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe - and drivers aware.
The Walk. Ride. Drive. Safe campaign offers tips and rules for drivers, bicyclists and walkers when sharing lanes. The county’s more congested urban and suburban areas make safety awareness very important.
“We have seen a major increase in the number of people walking and biking since the pandemic started, not to the extent we saw early on when trails were packed but we see more people out now than we did before COVID-19,” said Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz. “It is a very positive development to see more people taking advantage of opportunities to walk or bike, but it also means all of us have to take extra care.”
The County identified the need for a safety awareness campaign even before the pandemic. In a five-year period between 2015 and 2020, Chester County reported 521 traffic accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists, including 25 deaths (source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation).
For information on Chester County’s bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign, please visit chesco.org/sharetheride.