Walk Wise, Drive Smart

A Senior Pedestrian Safety Program in Hendersonville, North Carolina

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

This report describes Walk Wise, Drive Smart, a senior pedestrian safety program in Hendersonville, NC. Since September 2005, the UNC Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC), in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Prevention Research Center's (PRC) Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN) and community partners, has conducted a project, known as Walk Wise, Drive Smart, to improve pedestrian safety and walkability for older adults in the greater Hendersonville, North Carolina community. Funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through a cooperative agreement, the project also has had support from the NC Governor's Highway Safety Program, as well as in-kind support from many state and local agencies and organizations, including NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT), NC Division on Aging and Adult Services, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, the Henderson County Partnership for Health, AARP-NC, and the Council on Aging for Henderson County. In addition, the City of Hendersonville provided funds, manpower and other concrete support to improve walking routes in selected neighborhoods.

Filed in: Education, Enforcement, Promoting Walking and Bicycling, Crashes and Safety

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