Human Powered Delray to lead pedestrian safety awareness walk

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DELRAY BEACH, FL – Human Powered Delray, a civic group working to make Delray Beach safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, invites residents and city officials to its first pedestrian safety awareness walk scheduled for Monday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. The walk is planned along SW 17th Avenue, from SW 6th Street to SW 10th Street, and back. People interested in participating should meet at 6:15 p.m. at Catherine Strong Splash Park, 1500 SW 6th Street, Delray Beach. Human Powered Delray chose SW 17th Avenue as the location for its first pedestrian safety awareness walk because the street is used by many children to walk to and from Village Academy, the train station, and home. Vince Boone, a long-time resident of southwest Delray and former president of Carver Park homeowners association, has been advocating for a sidewalk on SW 17th Avenue for several years to no avail. “Children walking along SW 17th Avenue are forced to make a choice, to walk in the street or to walk in the grass. They need a sidewalk,” said Mr. Boone. Along with local residents, Human Powered Delray has invited City Commissioners and Planning & Zoning board members to participate in the walk. “We believe that seeing safety gaps in our sidewalk infrastructure can communicate the problem the way nothing else can,” said Bruce Bastian, Human Powered Delray chairman. The goal of the safety awareness walk is to bring attention to areas in our city that need sidewalks and to encourage the City Commission to allocate funds for sidewalks right away.

Event Details

What: Human Powered Delray Pedestrian Safety Awareness Walk Where: Along SW 17th Avenue (meet at Catherine Strong Splash Park 1500 SW 6th Street) When: Monday, September 8, 2014 starting at 6:30 p.m. Human Powered Delray promotes safe and viable human-powered transportation in Delray Beach. The group’s vision is a community with abundant opportunities for safe, human-powered mobility as part of everyday life. www.HumanPoweredDelray.orgwww.Meetup.com/HumanPoweredDelraywww.facebook.com/humanpowereddelray

Get to know Delray Beach by Bike

Residents and their families are invited to join Human Powered Delray and The Delray Beach Bike Club. Time and Location: Meet at 7:15 am, depart 7:30 am. Meet at Old School Square in Delray Beach on the west side of the parking garage. Parking available free in the parking structure on NE 1st Ave. at NE 1st St. The ride usually ends between at 9:00 and 9:30 am Ride Description: Every week we ride through different neighborhoods in Delray Beach and discover new places. The rides are friendly and at a comfortable pace on city streets and alleyways. Most bikes are suitable for these rides (road, hybrid, or mountain). All levels of riders are welcome. This is a social ride with occasional stops. We ride early in the morning in order to beat the heat and avoid the traffic. It’s a very peaceful time of day. Helmets are Mandatory. Water and snack highly recommended. Additional Club Information. This is a new club and we want to include all riders. We invite students and adults. If you would like to be an organizer for another or different type of ride, please contact Patrick This is a community club, not a racing club. Safety is emphasized, road rules observed, and we encourage the use of hand signals. Ride participants are required to wear a helmet and obey all traffic laws (i.e. respect signals, stop signs, yield signs, etc.) Use caution at intersections and respect other road users (cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists). As a participant, you recognize that cycling is a potentially hazardous activity and you assume all risks associated therewith. For More Information: Visit www.humanpowereddelray.org