April 29, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

March Crash Report Card

The March 2010 Crash Report Card from the Public Works Department shows there have been five fatality crashes from January 1 to March 31 of this year, compared to two in the same time period in 2009. The number of injury crashes increased by 4 percent and the number of total crashes is slightly down, respectively, compared to the same time period last year.

April Safety Message

May is National Bike Month, and Springfield’s “Bike, Bus, Walk Week” is Monday, May 17 through Friday, May 21. We encourage Springfield residents to leave their automobiles at home and walk, bicycle, carpool or ride the bus. During that week, City Utilities buses are free to those traveling with bikes, some fitness centers are offering showers and towels for participants, and a free breakfast is available for bicycle riders. Further, employees and schools are encouraged to register for the annual “Commuting Challenge” sponsored by Ozark Greenways. The goal is to promote personal health and a bike/pedestrian friendly community.

The City of Springfield and Ozark Greenways are continuously working to expand the network of bike routes and trails throughout Springfield and Greene County, which have already demonstrated a great potential to reduce the number of motor vehicles using the roadways and improve the overall quality of life for those who use this resource. Springfield Traffic Engineering is working on improving roadways for bicycle suitability. Currently, there are 60 miles of designated on-street bike routes. These streets typically carry lower traffic volumes and have lower speeds than parallel major thoroughfares, and are safer for bicyclists than streets with heavy vehicular traffic.

The key to a safe bike commute is the mutual respect between biker and motorist.

Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to become familiar with facilities and programs for alternative transportation available in Springfield, including the Bike and Ride availability on CU buses. Riding your bike is one of many ways to improve your personal health and the overall quality of life in our community.

For more information on the “Bike, Bus, Walk Week” go to www.ozarkgreenways.org
For Springfield’s Bike Route map go to: www.springfieldmo.gov/traffic
For information transit services and more go to: www.cityutilities.net/transit/transit.htm
For bike route maps and other information go to: www.ozarkgreenways.org/bike-to-work/index.php

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov