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Posted on: May 10, 2021

Pedestrian safety program SGF Yields wins innovation award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SGF Yields, the City’s pedestrian safety program, has been named a 2021 Innovation Award recipient by the Missouri Municipal League. 

“The Missouri Municipal League is happy to announce that the City of Springfield project SGF Yields - Pedestrian Safety Campaign has won for the Extra Large Cities Category (population more than 30,000) for 2021,” said Policy and Membership Associate Ramona Huckstep. “There were 29 applications this year and eight in this category so there was some stiff competition. We would like to congratulate the City of Springfield.”

SGF Yields was created by the Public Works and Public Information departments and aims to initiate a cultural change in Springfield toward being more pedestrian-friendly.  

The multifaceted and multimedia campaign uses a comprehensive approach involving education, engineering and enforcement initiatives to reach and impact citizens and visitors. The program includes Mr. Walker statue installations at various crosswalks around Springfield, crosswalk compliance assessments by Public Works staff, driver yield checks by the Springfield Police Department, engineering modifications at various crosswalk locations and partnerships with schools and organizations for educational appearances. 

Motorists are encouraged to actively watch for pedestrians and yield to them at crosswalks. Pedestrians are urged to travel responsibly – using crosswalks, obeying traffic signals and following other tips to stay safe. Learn more about SGF Yields at https://www.springfieldmo.gov/SGFYields.

MML’s Innovation Awards program showcases municipal projects that demonstrate new approaches for solving municipal challenges.

The awards, which will be presented at the MML Annual Conference in St. Louis on Sept. 28, complement the league's goal of serving as a clearinghouse for municipal information. The awards recognize and celebrate successful programs, spotlighting those that could benefit other communities.
 

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For more information, please contact Cora Scott at 417-380-3352 or [email protected]

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