Safer Streets Demonstration Planned for Saturday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Healthy Community Partnership’s Active Transportation team is inviting the community to join the next Safer Streets Series demonstration for a day of exploring how to make roads better for all modes of transportation.

The Safer Streets Series shows how streets could be adapted to improve safety for those walking, taking the bus, bicycling and driving. 

The demonstration will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Youngstown Flea. The demonstration area will include one block each of East Federal and Boardman streets between Commerce Street and Andrews Avenue. 

Visitors will be able to experience and provide feedback on safe street improvements developed by the active transportation team, which will include temporary changes such as a road diet, greenery, a bike lane and a creative crosswalk. 

Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to travel to the Safe Street on Federal by bike, by bus or on foot to get the most immersive experience. Visitors can also enjoy the Flea, relaxation space and more during the event.

Helping to organize the Safer Street demonstration are Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, Youngstown CityScape and the Youngstown State University GuinFit program.

A similar demonstration was held last summer on Elm Street near Wick Park as part of the Summer Manufacturing Institute summer camp. 

The creative crosswalk was designed by local artist David Wheeler, and the design, called “Rolling Hills,” was chosen from three designs via a community poll at the beginning of June. 

Prior to Saturday’s event, the community is invited to volunteer to help paint the crosswalk design from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Thursday at East Federal Street and Andrews Avenue. 

All supplies will be provided, and a pop-up tent will provide shade for volunteers while they paint.

The Healthy Community Partnership of the Mahoning Valley brings together organizations and residents who share a commitment to a healthier, more equitable Mahoning Valley. The partnership has three focus areas: active transportation, healthy food and parks and green spaces – with teams that work in those area to develop strategies to achieve long-term, sustainable change.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.