Kingston launches ‘Be a Road Hero’ road safety campaign – Daily Freeman


KINGSTON, NY – The city is launching its “Be a Road Hero” traffic safety campaign to educate motorists, cyclists and pedestrians about recently implemented transportation projects and the resulting changes.

The campaign will include a series of videos, social media posts, lawn signs and a direct mailer sent to every mailbox in the city, according to a press release from Mayor Steve Noble’s office. The Bike Friendly Kingston group will also be hosting an informative bike ride and guided tour beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. Attendees will learn first-hand how to use some of the new cycling infrastructure, including the two-way bike path and the double-decker green turnaround boxes.

Through the Be a Hero of the Road campaign message, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are reminded that cyclists must obey all signs, markings and signals; motor vehicles are never allowed to park on cycle paths or buffer zones; and travelers of all kinds should stay alert, especially at railroad crossings and bike paths.

“We can all be safer by watching more, not being distracted, using the streetscape as it was designed and slowing down,” said Emily Flynn, director of health and well-being. be from the city, in a statement. “If our roads are safer, we can all walk and cycle more, which is better for our health, reduces emissions and is more affordable transportation.”

Several new traffic reconfigurations have been implemented in the city over the past year as a result of infrastructure projects such as the Broadway Streetscape project and the realignment of the intersection of Broadway at Grand Street and Pine Grove Avenue, according to the statement. Changes have included many new safety features, such as new traffic signs, green bike bends, reconfigured street lanes with bike lanes, dedicated traffic lights for cyclists, high-visibility crosswalks and fast flashing pedestrian beacons.

Noble said the aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of how to travel more safely and navigate new traffic patterns. He said it’s important for residents to stay informed and updated on new roadway patterns and always be on the lookout for cyclists and pedestrians.

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