Pedestrian Safety Education Resources
An important focus of the SGF Yields program is on public education. The program reaches the public via various print and digital education pieces aimed at encouraging motorists to yield to pedestrians while also urging pedestrians to do their part to travel responsibly.
In its first year, the program distributed educational pieces to over 5,000 citizens at 14 safety-related events. Local employers agreed to share SGF Yields Traffic Safety Guides with nearly 1,000 of their employees and more than 45 local businesses show their support for pedestrians by displaying SGF Yields materials in their stores.
In addition to educational resources, life-size “Mr. Walker” statues have been installed at various crosswalk locations throughout Springfield. The presence of these brightly-colored statues is intended to reinforce existing crosswalk signage and serve as a visible reminder to thousands of drivers and pedestrians that pass by each day.
In the program's second year, the City of Springfield Department of Public Works was awarded an $11,400 Blueprint for Safer Roadways grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation to continue and expand the SGF Yields pedestrian safety program. A portion of the newly-awarded grant will be used to continue SGF Yields efforts to reach the general public. A larger portion will support the expansion of the program to focus specifically on children – making safety education resources available to Springfield schools and adding Mr. Walker installations near school crosswalk locations.
School Education Opportunities & Resources
To achieve the program's new expansion, the City partnered with Springfield Public Schools to develop a variety of education opportunities. The partnership will launched a variety of initiatives in early 2019 including a classroom presentation opportunity and an art project social media challenge. For more information on any of these opportunities, contact Mandy Buettgen-Quinn at email@example.com.
Pedestrian Safety Classroom Presentation Opportunity
Open to elementary grades 1-3
The City of Springfield's traffic operations division will offer 20-30 minute presentations taylored to grades 1-3. Presentations will encourage students to be observant and to take charge of their own safety in traffic. Topics cover crosswalk safety, pedestrian signals, crossing guards and more. All participating students will receive a "safety superhero" cape!
Silhouette Social Media Challenge
Open to classrooms, teachers, businesses and all Springfield pedestrians!
We are all pedestrians! The City will begin issuing a challenge in March to help spread the word about who pedestrians are in our community. Part education, part art project, part social media challenge, this activity will be fun and educational for all.
The education branch of SGF Yields is focused on making the community aware of the growing trend in pedestrian-involved crashes and what can be done by organizations and individuals to make an impact. Print pieces, infographics and videos are available for download and distribution.